The full schedule for the Denver Broncos and the rest of the NFL will come out Thursday night, but fans can already bet the season wins total for the Broncos or any other team at Colorado Sportsbooks.
Denver was 7-10 last season, including a 1-5 record in division play. However, this year’s Broncos have something last year’s did not — a superstar and perennial Pro Bowler at quarterback. Denver traded with the Seattle Seahawks to acquire QB Russell Wilson during the offseason.
In the process, they completely changed the expectations fans and sports bettors have for the Broncos in 2022.
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Broncos Season Wins Total For 2022
As of Tuesday night, Denver’s win total ranges from 10-10.5 games at Colorado Sportsbooks. That may seem like a bit of a stretch for a team that won seven games in 2021, but the offense, with Wilson at quarterback, could be as good as the defense was last year (third in scoring; 18.9 points/game allowed).
But as good as the defense was, it is not easy to win games when the offense only averages 19.7 points/game.
However, if you don’t think they’ll win 10 games, betting under 10 wins at BetRivers Colorado may be the way to go because it gives odds of +100.
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Broncos 2022 Schedule Analysis
The Broncos were 1-5 in division play last year, but while they should be one of the most improved teams in the NFL in 2022, the rest of the AFC West also got better. Will they go 1-5 in the division again? Probably not, but it is hard to say how well they’ll do.
Kansas City still has one of the best offenses in the NFL. The Chargers are solid on both sides of the ball, but it remains to be seen just how good the Raiders will be under new head coach Josh McDaniels. Denver could go 4-2 or better, or it could struggle and go 2-4.
There is no such thing as an easy win, but the Broncos should be the favorite against the Texans, Jaguars, Jets, Seahawks, and Panthers. Matt Ryan’s Colts will be tough, and that game could go either way. The run defense will have its work cut out for it when the Broncos face RB Derrick Henry and the Titans.
In those games, Denver could run the table and go 7-0. At the worst, they’ll go 4-3.
As for the games against the Rams, Cardinals, 49ers, and Ravens — all four will be close and hard-fought. The defense should be able to make each offense work for it so each game could come down to how well Wilson and the offense can click. Going 2-2 in these games may be a best-case scenario, but they could just as easily go 4-0 or 0-4.
It all depends on how much you feel you can believe in Wilson and the new head coach, Nathaniel Hackett. Wilson has been one of the best since the Seahawks drafted him in 2012. Hackett’s system worked fine in Green Bay the last two seasons. He’ll have a stellar QB as he had in Green Bay but better skill-position players in Denver.
The defense should be excellent, but the hard part is judging just how well the new-and-improved Broncos will do against a schedule that includes six teams that went to the playoffs last year, including the Super Bowl champs.
Our Pick: Over 10 wins at -110 (DraftKings)
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