Breaking Down The 2015 Denver Broncos
The Denver Broncos have been in Super-Bowl-or-bust mode for the last three years. These Peyton-era Broncos have been a regular season juggernaut since his arrival and even flirted with the Lombardi Trophy in 2014 when they lost Super Bowl 48 to the Seahawks.
In hopes of turning their regular season success the Broncos brain trust, aka John Elway, fired head-coach John Fox and brought in Gary Kubiak of Texans fame to right the ship. The NFL odds makers have listed the Broncos at 12/1 odds to win Super Bowl 50.
However, not all is well in Bronco-land as reports have surfaced that the Broncos tried to trade Manning to Houston during the offseason.
A more reliable report came from NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport who told the Rich Eisen Show that the account of the alleged trade talks was “not how it went down.”
“I do believe there was some conversation between the Texans and several teams who have quarterbacks,” Rapoport added. “What it sounds like is that the Texans – without a quarterback and before they signed (Brian) Hoyer and (Ryan) Mallett – reached out to teams and tried to see what was there.”
It sounds like the Broncos committed the cardinal sin of answering the phone when the Texans front-office called, but did not make any calls themselves.
Denver Broncos 2015 Betting Preview
Is this Peyton's last hoorah?
- 2014 Season Summary: 12-4-0, Finished 1st in AFC West Division
- 2014 Points Scored: 482 points (30.1/g), 2nd of 32 in the NFL.
- 2014 Points Allowed: 354 points (22.1/g), 16th.
- Coach: Gary Kubiak
- Offensive Coordinator: Rick Dennison
- Defensive Coordinator: Wade Phillips
- Stadium: Sports Authority Field at Mile High
Denver Broncos 2015 Futures Betting Odds:
- To Win Super Bowl 50: +1300
- To Win the AFC: +550
- To Win the AFC West: -175
Denver Broncos 2014 Betting Trends:
- Overall Against the Spread Record: 8-8
- ATS Record at home: 4-4
- ATS Record away from home: 4-4
- ATS Record as favorites: 7-7
- ATS Record as underdogs: 1-1
- Over/Under Record: 10-6
AFC West 2014 Standings:
|Kansas City||9||7||0||.562||353||281||6-2||3-5||3-3||.500||7-5||.583||2-2||Won 1|
|San Diego||9||7||0||.562||348||348||5-3||4-4||2-4||.333||6-6||.500||3-1||Lost 1|
2015 Denver Broncos Offense:
The 2015 Denver Broncos will have a new look when their offsense takes the field after the breakout season for rusher CJ Anderson last season…more on him later. Kubiak’s first goal in his first season in Denver will focus on balancing the Broncos offense from a one-dimensional pass happy attack to an offense that passes or rushes depending on what the opposition gives them.
Peyton Manning (4727 yards, 39 TDs & 15 INTS, 101.5 rating) will still throw for 30+ TDs to beast wideouts Demaryius Thomas (111 rec, 1619 yards, 11 TDs) and Emmanuel Sanders (101 rec, 1404 yards, 9 TDs) to throw to. Thomas is seeking for a new deal, which could mean he is expected to put huge numbers.
“This is just part of the process and we’re learning,” Manning said following the teams minicamp practice. “But I’m committed, I’m all in on trying to make any adjustments that I have to and at the same time do some of the things that I’ve done well and hopefully keep doing those well and improve on things I need to improve on.”
Manning will miss TE Julius Thomas, who signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars in the offseason. TE Owen Daniels (48 rec, 527 yards, 4 TDs in 2014 with the Baltimore Ravens) was signed to fill the empty spot.
Anderson (179 att, 849 yards, 8 TDs) was third on the Broncos depth-chart last year and emerged as a top tier rusher after the the injury bug hit both Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman injuries. The zone-blocking system is a perfect fit for a player with Anderson’s skill set.
The Broncos will use the rushing attack to control the time of possession, and Manning will use his arm to efficiently strike defenses.
- Key Additions: TE Owen Daniels, G Shelley Smith.
- Key Departures: G Orlando Franklin, C Will Montgomery, TE Jacob Tamme, TE Julius Thomas, DT Mitch Unrein.
Denver Broncos 2015 Projected Offensive Starters:
- QB Peyton Manning
- WR Demaryius Thomas
- WR Emmanuel Sanders
- WR Cody Latimer
- TE Owen Daniels
- RB C.J. Anderson
- C Gino Gradkowski
- RG Louis Vasquez
- RT Chris ClarK
- LT Ty Sambrailo
- LG Ben Garland
2015 Denver Broncos Defense:
Last season the Denver Broncos’s defense ranked 9th against the pass and 2nd against the run, combing for the 3rd best total defense. This defense was good enough to bail Manning out of a few late bad throws.
New head-coach Kubiak brought DC Wade Phillips to replace Jack Del Rio, who is now driving the ship in Oakland. The team also added DT Antonio Smith, FS Darland Stewart and OLB Reggie Walker, trying to fix the losses of DT Terrance Knighton, and FS Rahim Moore.
“This is probably the best situation defensively that I’ve come into – or way better than any other situation I’ve come into,” Phillips said. “Normally, they’d had a bad year and they’ve brought me in as defensive coordinator.”
- Key Additions: DT Antonio Smith, DT Vance Walker, OLB Reggie Walker.
- Key Departures: MLB Nate Irving, DT Terrance Knighton, FS Rahim Moore.
Denver Broncos 2015 Projected Defensive Starters (Base 3-4 D):
- DE Derek Wolfe
- NT Sylvester Williams
- DE Malik Jackson
- OLB DeMarcus Ware
- ILB Brandon Marshall
- ILB Danny Trevathan
- OLB Von Miller
- CB Chris Harris Jr.
- CB Aqib Talib
- SS T.J. Ward
- FS Darian Stewart
Denver Broncos 2015 Draft Class:
- Round 1, Pick 23: DE Shane Ray, Missouri (65 tackles, 14.5 sacks)
- Round 2, Pick 59: OT Ty Sambrailo, Colorado State
- Round 3, Pick 92: TE Jeff Heuerman, Ohio State (17 rec, 207 yards, 2 TDs)
- Round 4, Pick 133: C Max Garcia, Florida
- Round 5, Pick 164: CB Lorenzo Doss, Tulane (48 tackles, 3 INTs)
- Round 6, Pick 203: DT Darius Kilgo, Maryland (43 tackles, 2.0 sacks)
- Round 7, Pick 250: QB Trevor Siemian, Northwestern (2214 yards, 7 TDs & 11 INTs)
- Round 7, Pick 251: CB Taurean Nixon, Tulane (31 tackles, 1 INT)
- Round 7, Pick 252: S Josh Furman, Oklahoma State (64 tackles, 1 INT)
Denver Broncos 2015 Schedule and Point Spreads:
- Week 1 Sun, Sep 13 DEN (-4) vs Baltimore 4:25 PM CBS
- Week 2 Thu, Sep 17 DEN (-1) @ Kansas City 8:25 PM CBS/NFL
- Week 3 Sun, Sep 27 DEN (pk) @ Detroit 8:30 PM NBC
- Week 4 Sun, Oct 4 DEN (-7) vs Minnesota 4:25 PM FOX
- Week 5 Sun, Oct 11 DEN (-4.5) @ Oakland 4:25 PM CBS
- Week 6 Sun, Oct 18 DEN (-4.5) @ Cleveland 1:00 PM CBS
- Week 7 BYE WEEK
- Week 8 Sun, Nov 1 DEN (-1.5) vs Green Bay 8:30 PM NBC
- Week 9 Sun, Nov 8 DEN (-1) @ Indianapolis 4:25 PM CBS
- Week 10 Sun, Nov 15 DEN (-5) vs Kansas City 4:25 PM CBS
- Week 11 Sun, Nov 22 DEN (-2.5) @ Chicago 1:00 PM CBS
- Week 12 Sun, Nov 29 DEN (-2.5) vs New England 8:30 PM NBC
- Week 13 Sun, Dec 6 DEN (pk) @ San Diego 4:05 PM CBS
- Week 14 Sun, Dec 13 DEN (-10.5) vs Oakland 4:05 PM CBS
- Week 15 Sun, Dec 20 DEN (+1) @ Pittsburgh 4:25 PM CBS
- Week 16 on, Dec 28 DEN (-4.5) vs Cincinnati 8:30 PM ESPN
- Week 17 Sun, Jan 3 vs San Diego 4:25 PM CBS
We have to ask the same question that has been bouncing around the offseason for 3 years. Is this Peyton Manning’s last year as a NFL quarterback?
No one knows, least of all Manning. Expect him to play like it his last year.
Predicting the 2015 Denver Broncos Season: 12-4 on the season with another failed Super Bowl bid.
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