Can the Broncos Make a Post-Bye Playoff Run?

Although the Denver Broncos haven’t lived up to the hype and expectations placed upon them heading into the 2022 season, there is still hope to salvage the season. Coming out of their bye week, the Broncos have a three-week stretch of favorable matchups. Let’s look at the upcoming games for the Denver Broncos.

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Can the Broncos Go on a Season-Saving Playoff Run?

Here’s how the next three games set up for the Denver Broncos, beginning this week.

Week 10: at Tennessee Titans

Coming off their bye week, the Broncos will travel to Tennessee to take on Derrick Henry and the Titans. This game will likely come down to the Broncos’ run defense and its ability to stop, or at least limit, Henry. 

Heading their bye week, the Broncos had allowed the 10th-most rushing yards to running backs. If the Titans are without starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill again, their run-first offense becomes even more run-heavy. 

Working in Denver’s favor is a Tennessee defense that has allowed the ninth-most passing yards per game to go with 14 passing touchdowns, currently tied for the fourth-most in the league.

The line for this game has Denver as a 2.5-point underdog, per DraftKings Sportsbook.

Week 11: vs. Las Vegas Raiders

While the Raiders didn’t carry the same expectations as Denver, Las Vegas has also disappointed. Similar to the Titans, the Broncos will have to limit the Raiders’ run game. Back in Week 4, Josh Jacobs rumbled for 144 yards and two scores when the Broncos visited Las Vegas.

The Broncos passing defense has allowed the fewest touchdowns and yards per game, and coupled with the inconsistent play from Derek Carr and Davante Adams, Denver can turn its attention to the ground game.

The Raiders defense ranks last in Football Outsiders DVOA metric and had allowed the 10th-most points per game heading into Week 10. The Broncos offense has been disappointing as a whole, but the unit can certainly take advantage of this matchup.

Week 12: at Carolina Panthers

The Panthers find themselves at the bottom of a weak NFC South division, making this game the most clear-cut winnable game for Denver. 

Carolina’s offense has been performing better as of late, but they still rank in the bottom half of the league across most categories. Defensively, the Panthers don’t fare much better as they struggle to create turnovers and are in the top half of the league in both rushing and passing yards allowed per game.

By Week 12, the Broncos should have two important defensive pieces back as well with Randy Gregory and Baron Browning. Gregory is eligible to come off injured reserve in Week 10 against the Titans while Browning has been out since Week 7.

Following these three games, the Broncos schedule gets much tougher. Denver has two matchups against the Chiefs (Weeks 14 and 17), another divisional matchup against the Chargers (Week 18), two difficult away games against the Baltimore Ravens and Los Angeles Rams (Weeks 13 and 16), and a home tilt against the Arizona Cardinals (Week 15).

Denver Broncos Playoff Odds

If you’re part of Broncos Country that’s riding with Russell Wilson, you can wager on whether or not the team makes the playoffs across several online sportsbooks.

Here are the Broncos odds to make the playoffs this season from DraftKings, FanDuel, and Caesars.

SportsbookBroncos Playoff Odds

Broncos backers would clearly want to place a playoff wager with DraftKings, as the industry-leader has superior odds for this market. If you wanted to bet on the Broncos to win the AFC West, however, DraftKings has the best odds at the time of this writing at +4000, compared to +3600 at FanDuel.

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