Team Stat: Passing Touchdowns
2017 Total: 19
2018 Prediction: 26
If there is one area that the Broncos made a big commitment to get better at in the offseason, it is the passing game.
The first couple days of training camp have shown that Keenum will be able to spread the ball around more than just to the veteran duo of Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders.
Courtland Sutton, DaeSean Hamilton, Jake Butt, and even players like Tim Patrick have all been able to make plays so far in camp.
The Broncos have plenty of potential big red zone targets for Keenum, which seemed to be something that was missing last season. Butt, Sutton, rookie tight end Troy Fumagalli, and Tim Patrick are all players on the training camp roster taller than 6’3″ that weren’t available for the Broncos last season.
If the early portion of training camp is any indication of how Case Keenum and the Broncos’ passing game will do this season, scoring through the air shouldn’t be an area of concern in Denver.
Team Stat: Sacks Allowed
2017 Total: 52
2018 Prediction: 38
If the Broncos want to make it back to the playoffs, they desperately need to improve at protecting the quarterback.
Only the Houston Texans and Indianapolis Colts gave up more sacks last year than Denver did.
Veteran tackle Jared Veldheer and Garett Bolles in his sophomore season will be better than what Denver was able to put on the field last season. If they both can stay healthy, they have the potential to finally be a pair of tackles that can be relied on.
Keenum will also help to lower this stat just with his quick style of play. Keenum is a quarterback that likes to get rid of the ball quickly, while not taking very many big risks.
Pass rushers won’t have as much time to get to the quarterback as they did last season against the Broncos because Keenum doesn’t hold on to the ball, and is experienced enough in the pocket to know when it is time to throw the ball away.