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Are the Denver Broncos Underrated Ahead of the 2021 NFL Season?

Last season was supposed to be the Drew Lock breakout season. After finishing out the 2019 season with a 4-1 record, the expectations among Denver supporters were that Lock would carry that momentum into 2020. The Broncos then finished last in their division with a 5-11 record and Drew Lock had an unremarkable year. 

Denver Broncos Defense

Entering the 2021 season, Vegas currently has the Broncos over/under for wins set at 8.5. I honestly think Denver might be underrated. Let’s ignore the quarterback situation for a second. This roster lowkey rocks. Defensively, Denver is going to be one of the best teams in the league. Their secondary is phenomenally talented, featuring a cornerback room of Bryce Callahan, Ronald Darby, Kyle Fuller, and Patrick Surtain II. They have two great safeties in Justin Simmons and Kareem Jackson. It’s going to be very difficult to throw for touchdowns against the Broncos. Running the ball won’t be much easier with Bradley Chubb and a healthy Von Miller on the front seven. This defense is legit.

Denver Broncos Offense

On offense, the Broncos have a number of promising weapons. Courtland Sutton will be back from injury. Jerry Jeudy will hopefully take a jump in his second year and fix some of his drop issues. I consider Tim Patrick an extremely underrated wide receiver. Noah Fant is a top-10 tight end in the NFL. Melvin Gordon III and Phillip Lindsay are both serviceable options to run the ball. The real question on offense is whether Denver’s bottom-third offensive line will open up the space necessary for the run game to succeed.

Schedule and Quarterback Situation

Denver’s schedule is also really favorable. Looking at their opponents, there’s definitely a possibility they could finish with a double-digit win total. With this roster, I like them to hit the over on 8.5 wins.

Now we can come back to the quarterback situation. Drew Lock had a pretty rough season in 2020, but I still think he’s very talented. I haven’t given up on his arm talent yet, and Trey agrees with me. Even if Drew Lock doesn’t elevate his game in Year 3, Teddy Bridgewater is a reliable backup who can provide baseline league-average play. With such a talented roster, that might be all that’s necessary for the Broncos to win a bunch of games. It’ll be tough to win the division with the Kansas City Chiefs there, but Denver can definitely make a play for the Wild Card.


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