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Can The Denver Broncos Keep Steamrolling In 2014?

Should You Bet On Denver Broncos In The 2014 NFL Season?

The Denver Broncos (13-3 SU, 10-5-1 ATS, 11-5 O/U) will enter the 2014 regular season looking to finish off their Super Bowl quest after coming agonizingly close last season.

Sure, the Broncos are licking their wounds after getting absolutely obliterated by Seattle 48- 3 in Super Bowl 48, but let’s not forget, when you have a quarterback the caliber of Peyton Manning, you’re always going to have a chance to both, reach the postseason – and cause some damage.

Let’s take an in—depth look at what the Broncos are facing as we move closer to the start of the 2014 NFL regular season.

Betting On the Denver Broncos to Win Super Bowl 49

NFL Odds to win Super Bowl 49 Denver Broncos +650

Sure, the Denver Broncos got smacked around like a bunch of girls in their stunning Super Bowl loss to Seattle to finish off the 2013 season, but the fact of the matter is that I fully expect them to contend for another Super Bowl appearance in 2014.

The Broncos are an excellent team to bet on to win Super Bowl 49 as I expect them to reach the AFC title game at the very least this coming season, mostly because of Manning’s tireless work ethic, which he makes a point of to spread throughout his teams.

"We’re trying to get better, trying to be a better team than we were last year but that started back in April though when we got back on the offseason program," Manning told reporters recently. "We have worked hard every day and as a veteran player, I certainly appreciate that.”

While the Broncos finished first in passing (340.3 ypg) the high-scoring team could likely use some better balance on offense after ranking 15th in rushing in 2013. Denver parted ways with team rushing leader Knowshon Moreno but could be even better on the ground as second-year back Montee Ball finally gets his chance to start after averaging 4.7 yards per carry last season.

No matter what you think about Denver’s Super Bowl loss to Seattle – or Peyton Manning’s less-than-stellar postseason record – there’s no doubting that the Broncos are going to be one of the very top contenders to represent the AFC in Super Bowl 49.

My Pick: I say, bet the Broncos against their Super Bowl Futures odds

Betting On the Denver Broncos to Win the AFC West

  • Denver Broncos -350
  • Kansas City Chiefs +600
  • San Diego Chargers +600
  • Oakland Raiders +3000

Analysis: The Broncos won five games against their AFC West division rivals last season and are the clear-cut favorite to win the division again this coming season, even though I expect both, Kansas City and an improved San Diego Chargers team to challenge them.

Still, the Broncos are 9-1 SU and 6-4 ATS in their last 10 games against their division rivals, though it should be noted that the Broncos failed to cover the spread in both of their regular season games against San Diego .

Denver drafted cornerback Bradley Roby and signed veteran corner Chris Harris Jr. to help improve their 27th-ranked pass defense, but it is the addition of former Dallas Cowboys perennial Pro Bowl defensive end DeMarcus Ware, that I believe could really help Denver improve on defense. Even with their blemishes, the Broncos are the favorite to win the AFC West – and I believe they will – even if it’s a bit closer than last season.

My Pick: Broncos to win AFC West

Betting On the Denver Broncos to Win In Week One

  • Indianapolis Colts at Denver Broncos -7
  • Over/Under 55

Analysis: I like the Denver Broncos’ offseason additions, but I don’t like them to beat a very good Indianapolis Colts team by eight points in their 2014 regular season and home opener.

While Denver has won seven of their last 10 games as a favorite of eight points or less, the Broncos are also just 5-5 ATS in these contests. Not only that, but gifted young signal-caller Andrew Luck and the Colts handed Denver a thrilling 39-33 loss just last season and I believe they’re going to make this opener a close one until the very end.

Indianapolis is 5-5 SU and ATS in their last 10 road games and a solid 6-4 SU and ATS in their last 10 games as an underdog of eight points or less.

In addition to playing the Colts to cover the spread as 7-point dogs, I also like the Under 55 Total points to play out in this one. The Under is 3- 1 in Denver’s last four home games with each under outcome taking place when the Total was at least 54.5 points.

My Pick: Indianapolis Colts +7 Points/Under 55 Total Points

Denver Broncos Betting Tips

The Broncos have played Over their O/U Total in three straight – and seven of their last eight games – in the month of September, so you may want to play the Over on Manning and company early on. Denver has scored at least 37 points in their three September games last season.

Denver is also a great Money Line pick in the month, having won eight of their last 10 home games in September, though they are just 5-5 ATS over the span.

The Broncos open with a treacherous trio of contests against three playoff participants (Indy, K.C. and Seattle) from last season and they lost two of those meetings to the Colts and of course, the Seahawks.

I like the Broncos to light up the scoreboard against the Jets, Raiders (twice), Bills and Chargers (once) while getting involved in tight affairs against the Colts, Chiefs, Seahawks, Cardinals and Bengals.

2014 Denver Broncos Projected Starters

Denver Broncos Projected 2014 Starters

Offense

Defense

QB

Peyton Manning

DE

DeMarcus Ware

RB

Montee Ball

DT

Terrance Knighton

WR1

Demaryius Thomas

DT

Malik Jackson  /  Sylvester Williams

WR2

Emmanuel Sanders

DE

Derek Wolfe

WR3

Wes Welker

SLB

Von Miller

TE1

Julius Thomas

WLB

Danny Trevathan

LT

Ryan Clady  

CB1

Aqib Talib

LG

Orlando Franklin  

CB2

Bradley Roby

C

Manny Ramirez  

CB3

Chris Harris  /  Kayvon Webster

RG

Louis Vasquez

SS

T.J. Ward

RT

Chris Clark  

FS

Rahim Moore