Vegas Odds Predicts Solid Season for Denver Broncos
Broncos Offseason: Vegas has decided to predict the majority of the games the Denver Broncos will be playing in 2016. How does their season shape up?
With all of the media surrounding the Denver Broncos and the offseason where they lost Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler as well as a few other players, not a lot are giving the Super Bowl champions much of a chance to succeed in 2016.
However, it appears the ones up in Vegas are giving them quite a shot. And it looks like it could shape up to be quite a great season for the champs.
Vegas has released their odds for the first 16 weeks of the NFL season for every team. Let us take a look to see how they have the Denver Broncos doing in 2016.
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The season will get off to a great start as the Broncos will earn close victories against the Carolina Panthers and Indianapolis Colts at home. Then, they have the team suffering their first loss of the season in Week 3 on the road against the Cincinnati Bengals by a small margin.
It is after that week that things get very interesting. Starting with the road game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the Week 14 showdown against the Tennessee Titans, the Denver Broncos will win every game during that stretch.
This includes big wins against the Houston Texans and San Diego Chargers at home. The closest wins will come in their two games before the bye week on the road against the Oakland Raiders and New Orleans Saints.
Vegas then predicts the Denver Broncos to lose two games in a row during the holiday season when they suffer their only home loss up to this point to the New England Patriots and the Christmas Day showdown in Arrowhead against the Kansas City Chiefs. However, both losses will not be by much as it is only by 2.5 points combine.
The odds for the Week 17 showdown against the Raiders have not been released, so as of this point, Vegas has the Broncos at 12-3 on the year. With that record, there is no doubt that the Broncos would reach the playoffs. And with a divisional record of 4-1 at that point, it should be enough to clinch the team’s sixth consecutive AFC West divisional title. Vegas has the Chiefs and Raiders losing seven games each.
Want even more good news? Vegas even believes the 12-3 record would be enough to put the Denver Broncos in position to lock up home field advantage in the AFC playoffs.
I believe that is a very generous record to give to the Super Bowl champions. With that, the road to Super Bowl 51 would go through Denver potentially. Who knows, maybe it will end the same way that the teams of 1997 and 1998 ended, with back-to-back Super Bowl victories.
But that is why the games are played on the field instead of on paper. We will see this season how close Vegas gets to the prediction of the Denver Broncos’ record.