Denver Broncos NFL Season Recap

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Last year’s strong finish by the Denver Broncos proved to be fool’s gold. Denver won four of their final games in the 2019 season to finish 7-9. Along the same lines, then-rookie quarterback Drew Lock was seen as the answer to Denver’s biggest problem since Peyton Manning retired, walking out in the sunset as a Super Bowl champion. As it turned out not only did Lock regress, but the Broncos defense did as well. As the Denver Broncos head into the off-season, there is plenty of frustration but little in the way of optimism.

Denver Broncos Season Recap

The Denver Broncos finished with a 2020 record of 5-11 straight up, although they did go 9-7 against the spread. The Broncos were 8-8 over and under. Offensively the Broncos finished 23rd overall in the NFL, 26th for passing, 13th for rushing, 28th for scoring, and 32nd for turnovers. While on defense Denver ranked 21st overall, 16th against the pass, 25th against the rush, 25th for points allowed, and 29th for takeaways.

Denver lost their first four games of the 2019 season to begin the new era of head coach Vic Fangio. The Broncos spent the rest of the year trying to dig out. Fangio made getting off to a good start in 2020 a point of emphasis. As it turned out Denver did show modest improvement in breaking out of the starting gate. Instead of an 0-4 start, they began the 2020 campaign 0-3.

Denver could never get much in the way of traction during the 2020 season. Drew Lock was hurt off and on in the early going. But when he returned, he was not effective. The Broncos did modestly climb to 3-4 but that proved to be the peak. Denver lost seven of their final nine games.

One positive in regards to the 2020 Denver Broncos was their reliable board value. Denver was able to turn a profit despite its poor straight up record and status as the last-place team in the AFC West. Much of that board value was contrarian in nature and due to Denver’s devalued brand. Casual gamblers are not enamored with the Broncos. Many of them see Denver as a team to consider betting against. Oddsmakers know that the Broncos have no public board appeal. So, the combination of some extra sugar from the sportsbooks and a decent team effort helped keep Denver stay in the black. Sharps found them to be something of a hidden gem.

Drew Lock finished with a disappointing second season as the Broncos quarterback. As a rookie last year, he played five games and compiled an 89.7 QB rating with 1020 yards, a 64.1% completion rate, 6.5 yards per attempt, 7 touchdowns, and 3 interceptions. This year Lock’s production was down dramatically in 13 games. His QB rating was 75.4 with a 57.3% completion rate, 2933 yards, 6.6 yards per attempt, 16 touchdown passes, and 15 interceptions.

During the season the fresh happy demeanor of Lock disappeared. Lock usually has a carefree aura going back to his college days at Mizzou. But this year he finally snapped in games out of frustration. In his defense, Lock’s decline was not entirely his fault. The supporting cast assembled by the Broncos is not anywhere where it needs to be. He may find his career damaged badly by the hand of fate, or make that John Elway.

John Elway is a Rocky Mountain legend and NFL Hall of Fame quarterback. He’s the man that quarterbacked the Broncos to glory and two Super Bowl championships from 1983 through 1998. Eventually, Elway was hired as general manager in 2011. He had no experience of any kind in major college or NFL management. He was hired for his name.

To his credit, Elway did recruit Peyton Manning to finish his career as a Bronco. That ended up with two Super Bowl appearances and a 2015 world championship. But since that Super Season, the Broncos have never made it back to the playoffs. Denver has no game-breakers on offense, nor enough elite players on defense. That all points to Elway.

Head coach Vic Fangio has completed two losing seasons on the job. The team has gotten worse under his watch. And his claim to fame of being a defensive mastermind has been damaged.

Denver Broncos Schedule & Results

Week 1 vs Tennessee Titans L 14-16 0-1
Week 2 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 21-26 0-2
Week 3 vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 10-28 0-3
Week 4 at New York Jets W 37-28 1-3
Week 6 at New England Patriots W 18-12 2-3
Week 7 vs Kansas City Chiefs L 16-43 2-4
Week 8 vs Los Angeles Chargers W 31-30 3-4
Week 9 at Atlanta Falcons L 27-34 3-5
Week 10 at Las Vegas Raiders L 12-37 3-6
Week 11 vs Miami Dolphins W 20-13 4-6
Week 12 vs New Orleans Saints L 3-31 4-7
Week 13 at Kansas City Chiefs L 16-22 4-8
Week 14 at Carolina Panthers W 32-27 5-8
Week 15 vs Buffalo Bills L 19-48 5-9
Week 16 at Los Angeles Chargers L 16-19 5-10
Week 17 vs Las Vegas Raiders L 31-32 5-11
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Broncos Past Seasons (2000)

2020 5-11 None
2019 7-9 None
2018 6-10 None
2017 5-11 None
2016 9-7 None
2015 12-4 Won Super Bowl
2014 12-4 Lost Divisional Round
2013 13-3 Lost Super Bowl
2012 13-3 Lost Divisional Round
2011 8-8 Lost Divisional Round
2010 4-12 None
2009 8-8 None
2008 8-8 None
2007 7-9 None
2006 9-7 None
2005 13-3 Lost Conference Championship
2004 10-6 Lost Wild Card Round
2003 10-6 Lost Wild Card Round
2002 9-7 None
2001 8-8 None
2000 11-5 Lost Wild Card Round

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