Nate Davis makes reasonable prediction for Broncos in 2020

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DENVER, COLORADO - DECEMBER 22: Drew Lock #3 of the Denver Broncos runs out of the pocket against the Detroit Lions in the second quarter at Empower Field at Mile High on December 22, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

USA Today's Nate Davis made his predictions for the 2020 NFL season. When it comes to the Denver Broncos, he has them fairing quite well.

Over the last few seasons, the Broncos have been predicted to not fair well during the season. It is a reasonable thought process since they have not had much success since Peyton Manning retired and Gary Kubiak left one year later. Last season proved hope for Broncos Country as Drew Lock took over the starting job as the season was coming to an end and he impressed.

Fast forward to the offseason saw the Broncos make some solid moves on defense and the offensive line to name a few and the draft would hopefully take care of the rest. It proved to be the case and Denver is looking pretty good on paper.

With the 2020 NFL schedule out, there have been a few early predictions on how teams will fare. And it looks as if Nate Davis has put the Broncos in a great spot to take that next step.

He has the Broncos finishing with a solid 9-7 record. In his predictions, it was enough for another second-place finish in the AFC West, falling three games behind the Kansas City Chiefs for the division. But I truly am uncertain the Broncos are ready to claim the AFC West again, at least for now.

But the 9-7 season proved to be enough for the Broncos to grab that second Wild Card spot, winning in tiebreakers with other teams. Not only that, Davis has Denver as a potential emergent team of 2020.

I believe 9-7 for this team is a fair assessment. It is certainly a lot better than 3-13, as Shelby Manning wrote to tell us more about that ridiculous prediction. Denver showed a lot of promise toward the end of the season and they are ready to take the next step and get back to the postseason for the first time since the Super Bowl 50 season.

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If Davis' prediction proves to be true, it will be the right step for this franchise. Get excited!