The 10 Biggest Threats to the Broncos’ AFC West Title

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Oct 12, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) and San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) after the game at O.co Coliseum. The Chargers defeated the Raiders 31-28. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 12, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) and San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) after the game at O.co Coliseum. The Chargers defeated the Raiders 31-28. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jul 28, 2016; Englewood, CO, USA; Denver Broncos offensive tackle Russell Okung (73) reacts during training camp drills held at the UCHealth Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports /

8. Offensive Line

The line last year was a hot mess, and the Broncos were right to shake it up. But the consequence is that continuity – one of the most important elements of a good offensive line, is sacrificed.

The incoming class does not inspire a ton of confidence either, as their lone opportunity against top shelf NFL talent this preseason resulted in Aaron Donald, Robert Quinn, and company tossing them around like ragdolls. Russell Okung is great when healthy, but there’s a risk that those peak years are behind him.

Donald Stephenson is an upgrade at LT, although given the way Michael Schofield played at times last year, a pile of tires would be an upgrade. Replacing PFF’s top rated run blocker, Evan Mathis at guard next to Stephenson is…Michael Schofield!?! This should be fun.

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