How Bad Exactly are the Denver Broncos?


Carolina and Denver open the NFL season

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Football is officially back! We just enjoyed the greatest opening weekend in college football history and on Thursday we will get a rematch of last year’s Super Bowl. The Carolina Panthers will travel to Denver to try and prove last year’s game was a fluke. The Panthers outgained the Broncos 315 to 194 but the game was decided by the Panther’s four turnovers. The Broncos stout defense stripped MVP QB Cam Newton and scored early on.

That game is in the past, and the Panther’s will be up for this one to prove all their doubters wrong. The Panthers return their star WR Kelvin Benjamin from injury and will be even more explosive than last year, which is frightening. The defense lost Pro Bowl CB Josh Norman, but the front seven remains intact and their zone coverage scheme should help mask the loss of Norman. The Broncos lost a legend in QB Peyton Manning, as well as DL Malik Jackson and LB Danny Trevathan. The defensive losses will have a huge impact on the Broncos, as it make it difficult for their defense to be as dominant as last year. The defense helped them win many games last year, and with a new a starting QB in Trevor Siemian they will rely on the defense early and often. The problem is the Panthers are hungry and out to prove they never lost a step. Cam Newton and all his weapons will be motivated and want to make a statement. The Broncos front seven, led by OLB Von Miller will get after Newton and make him uncomfortable at first.

PREDICTION: The game will be close at first, but the Broncos will not make enough explosive plays to keep up and the Panthers will pull away in the third and fourth quarters. The Panthers will make it a priority to stop the run and force Siemian to beat them with his arm. The Broncos will try to get the ball out of his hands quickly to WRs Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. They will try to slice the defensive zone schemes and coverage with screens and curls, but it won’t be enough. The Panthers will win this game with a very good defense and an offense that will be even better this year.

[Analysis by NFL expert Preston Rowe]

Why the Denver Broncos will Disappoint In 2016

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We see the defending  Super Bowl champs missing  out on the playoffs and coming in last in the AFC West. Before you say that we must be on drugs, consider  the rest of  the division:

The Kansas City Chiefs   (currently ranked Number 2 in the NFL by the computer)have ended up being a strong team led by quarterback Alex Smith and their extraordinary defense. Second, the Oakland Raiders have been improving as a young team, and after tons of off season signings, they will be a significant rival this year. Although the San Diego Chargers were just 4-12 last season, they were pestered with injuries. Philip Rivers is one of the league’s premier quarterbacks and the return of Keenan Allan will be very refreshing. Thinking about all this, the Broncos, who have actually lost loads of vital players in free agent, have divisional games that will cause them significant difficulties. The Broncos were led entirely by their defense last year,  but have been broken up this off season. Their two biggest losses are Malik Jackson and Danny Trevathan. To top all of it off, having  lost Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler, the Broncos starting quarterback  is Mark Sanchez. They are more likely than not to miss the playoffs and perhaps even finish last in their division.