After recording their second straight losing season and missing the playoffs for the third straight time since they won Super Bowl 50 back in 2015, the Denver Broncos are giving another quarterback a chance to be the team’s first competent signal-caller since the legendary Peyton Manning hung it up following the championship-winning campaign.
Now, with Denver turning to former Super Bowl-winning Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco as their latest main man under center, expectations for the Broncos aren’t very high heading into the upcoming 2019 season.
Can Flacco help the Broncos get back into the postseason of will they flounder again in 2019? No matter what happens this coming season, there are a bunch of insightful things you need to know about the Broncos as they get set for the upcoming campaign.
Let’s get started.
Denver Broncos 2019 NFL Season Betting Guide
- ATS: 6-10 (W-L) / 6-9-1 (ATS) / 2-5-1 (Home) / 4-4-0 (Away) / 5-7-1 (Grass) / 1-2-0 (Turf)
- O/U: 3-12-1 (W-L) / 1-7-0 (Home) / 2-5-1 (Away) / 2-10-1 (Grass) / 1-2-0 (Turf) / 42.4 (Total)
The Broncos might have been pretty awful with Case Keenum under center a year ago, but at least they were consistently bad in going an identical 3-5 SU at home and on the road. In addition to that, the Broncos also managed to cover the chalk just six times (6-9-1 ATS), including just twice at home. Denver also went a pitiful 3-12-1 O/U and even more inept 1-7 ATS at home, because of their inability to score the ball, combined with their solid defense.
- Total Yards: 350.1 / Rank 19
- Passing Yards: 230.9 / Rank 19
- Rushing Yards: 119.2 /Rank 12
- Points Scored: 20.6 / Rank 24
- Field Goal %: 80 / Rank 25
While the Broncos finished a respectable 12th in rushing, that was their only highlight of 2018 when it comes to offense. The Broncos finished an uninspiring 19th in total offense and passing while also ranking a discouraging 24th in points allowed (20.6 ppg).
To address their needs on the offensive side of the ball, the Broncos signed former Dolphins tackle Ja’Wuan James in free agency while drafting Iowa tight end Noah Fant with the 20t overall pick in the draft before adding K-State tackle Dalton Risner and Missouri quarterback Drew Lock, both in the second round.
- Total Yards: 365.1 / Rank 22
- Passing Yards: 245.6 / Rank 20
- Rushing Yards: 119.6 /Rank 21
- Points Allowed: 21.8 / Rank 13
- Field Goal %: 83.9 / Rank 12
Defensively, Denver has clearly dropped off from the stupendous unit they were just a few years ago under former coordinator Wade Phillips. The Broncos finished in the bottom third in every meaningful defensive statistical category, although they did somehow manage to finish a respectable 13th in points allowed (21.8 ppg).
To address their needs on the defensive side of the ball, signed veteran cornerbacks Bryce Callahan (Chicago) and Kareem Jackson (Houston) in free agency while drafting Ohio State defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones in the third round of the draft.
- Touchdowns: Phillip Lindsay (10)
- Rushing: Phillip Lindsay (1037)
- Passing: Case Keenum (3890)
- Receiving: Emmanuel Sanders (868)
- Sacks: Von Miller (14.5)
- Interceptions: Chris Harris Jr. (3)
A year ago, the Broncos were led in rushing and touchdowns scored by rookie running back Philip Lindsay, while veteran signal-caller Case Keenum led the team in passing. Veteran wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders led the team in receiving yards while superstar linebacker Von Miller led the team in sacks and cornerback Chris Harris Jr. recorded a team-high three interceptions.
I have no idea what John Elway is thinking, but I have no faith whatsoever in Joe Flacco and I believe Denver is going to be nothing more than mediocre because of their decision to put their trust in the mediocre veteran that has never won anything without Hall of Fame linebacker Ray Lewis on his roster. With a win total of just six victories, I’m thinking Denver is going to be hard-pressed to top that figure in what could be the last season of the John Elway era.