Denver Broncos 2020 Betting Record
Point Spread: 9-7
Total: Over-Under: 8-8
Looking at the Denver Broncos’ season review, they had a curious offseason in 2020. Coming off of a year in which he averaged just 3.8 yards per carry with the Chargers, RB Melvin Gordon signed for two years and $16 million. The Broncos also made a trade for former Jaguars CB A.J. Bouye, who they just released. After guiding the Broncos to a 4-1 record in five starts at the end of the 2019 season, Drew Lock was poised to be the starting QB in 2020.
Vic Fangio’s second year as head coach didn’t quite go too well. Von Miller missed the entire season and Lock struggled. He led the league in interceptions and Denver sported the league’s worst turnover margin of -17. The Broncos certainly weren’t a consistent NFL Betting pick at 5-11 SU and 9-7 ATS. They were given a preseason O/U win total of 7.5 and Super Bowl Odds of +4000. However, the Broncos did cover in five of their first seven games. But, Denver has missed the playoffs for five straight seasons and still hasn’t found a franchise QB after Peyton Manning’s retirement.
The Broncos played the Titans and Steelers close to open the season. They covered the spread in both games but couldn’t pick up an elusive win. Titans K Stephen Gostkowski missed two FGs in Week 1 but the Broncos couldn’t capitalize. They put up just 14 points in their first home loss against the Titans since 1987.
Lock left the game against the Steelers with a shoulder injury and the Broncos were outscored 17-3 in the first half. Jeff Driskel took over under center and led the Broncos to a second-half comeback. He threw two TD passes and drove the Broncos down to the Steelers 15 yard line just before the two-minute warning down 26-21. The Broncos turned the ball over on downs and dropped to 0-2.
Driskel started in Week 3 against the Bucs but was benched in favor of third-stringer Brett Rypien after getting sacked five times and throwing an interception. Three first-half TD passes from Tom Brady effectively put the game away and the Broncos started 0-3 in consecutive seasons for the first time in franchise history. Denver picked up its first win of the season in Week 4 against a bad Jets team. Rookie WR Jerry Jeudy caught his first career TD pass in the 37-28 win and Rypien won his first career start. It was another disappointing start from the Broncos in 2020.
Point Spread: 3-1
Total: Over-Under: 2-2
After the bye week, Lock returned in Week 6 for the game against the Patriots. K Brandon McManus set a franchise record for most field goals in a game as he scored all 18 of the Broncos points on six FGs. The Broncos won the game 18-12 despite not scoring a touchdown. In Week 7, the Chiefs scored easy points all game as Drew Lock threw a pick-six and Byron Pringle took a kick return to the house. Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay suffered a concussion after picking up 79 yards and Kansas City cruised to a 43-16 win.
Cleared to play, Lindsay kickstarted the Broncos’ comeback against the Chargers in Week 8 with a 55-yard TD run. Down 24-3 in the third quarter, the Broncos came storming back courtesy of Lindsey and two Lock TD passes. Down 30-24 with two minutes to play, the Broncos drove all the way down to the Chargers one-yard line. Lock threw a game-tying TD as time expired to rookie K.J. Hamler and McManus kicked the game-winning extra point in an improbable comeback. But, Denver couldn’t make it two wins in a row against the Falcons in Week 9.
Point Spread: 2-2
Total: Over-Under: 3-1
In the Broncos’ first game in Las Vegas, they were blown out 37-12. They bounced back in Week 11 and made life difficult for Dolphins rookie QB Tua Tagovailoa. Tua was benched in favor of Ryan Fitzpatrick and Gordon ran for two touchdowns in the Broncos 20-13 win.
COVID-19 affected the Broncos in a big way as all of their QBs were placed in COVID protocol before the Week 12 matchup. They unbelievably had to turn to undrafted WR and former college QB Kendall Hinton to run the offense. Hinton only completed one pass on nine attempts and was intercepted twice, proving just how difficult it is to be a QB in the NFL. The Broncos picked up just 112 yards of total offense and were blown out 31-3.
Lock cleared COVID protocol but completed just 15 of 28 passes for 151 yards, 2 TDs and 2 INTs against the Chiefs in Week 13. Surprisingly, the Broncos lost by just six against the defending Super Bowl champs in spite of Lock’s performance and covered the 13-point spread. COVID or not, the Broncos struggled to play consistent football and were all but eliminated from playoff contention.
Point Spread: 2-2
Total: Over-Under: 0-4
In Week 14, Diontae Spencer returned a punt for a touchdown, which was the first for any Bronco since 2015. Lock had a four touchdown game as the Broncos beat the Panthers 32-27. It was the Broncos’ last win of the season as they dropped their three remaining games. The first of which was a 48-19 blowout loss to a superior Bills team.
The Chargers avenged their embarrassing early season blown lead by beating the Broncos 16-13 in Week 16. Denver somehow managed to lose to the Raiders 32-31 in the season finale despite a plus four turnover margin. Turnovers and offensive struggles characterized another disappointing Broncos season.
Point Spread: 2-2
Total: Over-Under: 3-1
Divisional Record: 1-5
Conference Record: 4-8
Full Season Grade: C-
Looking Ahead to Next Season
Lock certainly wasn’t convincing in 2020. He led the league in interceptions and completed just 57.3% of his passes. Don’t be surprised if the Broncos draft a QB but they could stick with Lock for another season.
The Broncos have improved their secondary in the offseason but other questions remain. The offensive line can be improved and the Broncos still need a number two running back.
The strengths of the Broncos, if there are any, weren’t immediately obvious in 2020. They ranked last in turnover margin, 28th in points scored, 25th in points allowed, and 23rd in total yards.
They did, however, rank eighth in sacks per game, with four players totaling 5 or more sacks. Getting Von Miller back should boost the defense, which was able to keep Denver in a few games in 2020. Gordon had a resurgent season in 2020, with 986 yards, nine touchdowns and 4.6 yards per carry. Denver ranked in the top half of the league in rushing yards per game but needs to replace Phillip Lindsay. The Broncos have a lot of work to do before they contend again but they haven’t made the playoffs since Peyton Manning retired.