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|Stadium:||Empire Field at Mile High|
|Colours:||Orange, navy blue & white|
|Hall of Famers:||Champ Bailey, John Elway, Gary Zimmerman, Floyd Little, Shannon Sharpe & Terrell Davis|
|Hall of Fame Coaches:||None|
|Rivals:||Kansas City Chiefs|
|Legends:||John Elway, Peyton Manning, Terrell Davies, Gary Zimmerman, Louis Wright, Shannon Sharpe, Rod Smith, Randy Gradishar, Steve Atwater, Jason Elam, Tom Jackson, Haven Moses, Jim Turner, Billy Thompson, Tom Nalen, Ed McCaffery, Paul Smith & Rich Jackson|
|Retired Numbers:||7 & 44|
|Super Bowl Championships:||3: 1997, 1998 & 2015|
|Conference Championships:||8: 1977, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1997, 1998, 2013 & 2015|
|1st 2021 Draft Pick:||#9 – Pat Surtain II|
|2021 Power Ranking:||27|
The Denver Broncos are one of the most successful NFL teams of the modern era, appearing in nine playoffs since 2000, appearing in eight Super Bowls, claiming three Super Bowl titles, and winning 15 division titles.
But that wasn’t the case when the Broncos began their journey in the American Football League (AFL) (before the 1970 merger which saw the Broncos play in the NFL) in the 60s they won 39 games during their 10 year AFL stint, while losing a whopping 97 games.
For most of the 60s there wasn’t much to cheer about, but that changed in 1967 when they selected halfback Floyd Little in the draft with pick 6, who would end up spending his whole career with Broncos, making 117 appearances from 1967-1975, scoring 43 touchdowns and rushing 6,323 yards. The Broncos also became the first AFL team to beat an NFL side during a preseason game in the same year which saw the Broncos defeat the Detroit Lions 13-7.
Fast forward to the 70s and again it was the same old story for the Broncos in the newly formed NFL, as they often finished each season close to the bottom of their division, but in seven years time there was light ahead of the tunnel.
The Broncos fortunes began to change in 1977 which saw them end the regular season with a 12-2 record earning them their first postseason appearance since their inception. If that wasn’t enough to keep the Broncos faithful happy, the Broncos team led by coach Red Miller, took them all the way to their inaugural Super Bowl outing.
The Broncos couldn’t match being on the big stage as the team lost Super Bowl XII going down to the Dallas Cowboys 27-10. By the turn of the 80s, the Broncos missed the playoffs for the first few years of the new decade, but they struck gold in the draft where they picked up future Hall of Famer quarterback John Elway with pick 1.
Elway would spend his whole career at the Broncos, making 234 appearances from his debut in 1983 to 1998, having 4,123 passes completed, 300 passing touchdowns, and completing 5,1475 passing yards throughout his 15 year tenure.
The Broncos made the playoffs four more times before the end of the decade, as well as appearing in Super Bowl XXI, Super Bowl XXII and Super Bowl XXIV, however, they went down each time.
It was the same old Broncos at the beginning of the 90s, as they made the playoffs in 1991 (in which they lost the Conference Championship), 1993 (losing the wildcard playoff) and in 1996 (losing the divisional round). After a few false downs from the 80s and the early 90s the 1997 season would go down in Broncos folklore as the most cherished season.
The Broncos were finally able to call themselves Super Bowl champions as the heartache of the three previous defeats on the big dance would finally vanish, as the Broncos got their hands on their maiden Vince Lombardi trophy in Super Bowl XXXII defeating the Green Bay Packers 24-31.
The Broncos didn’t stop there as by the 1998 season they were ready to do it all again going back-to-back as they became one of five teams to win the Super Bowl in two consecutive showings defeating the Atlanta Hawks in Super Bowl XXXIII, as John Elway was named the MVP.
The Broncos only managed to make the playoffs four more times in the 2000s, appearing in the 2000, 2003, 2004 and 2005 postseason but either lost the wildcard or the divisional playoff.
Despite making the playoffs in 2011, the Broncos sent a message to the NFL world that they mean business when they signed quarterback Peyton Manning from the Indianapolis Colts ahead of the 2012 season.
Manning would be instrumental to the Broncos throughout his three year tenure from 2012 to 2015, appearing 58 times, completing 1443 passes, making 17,112 passing yards and having 140 passing touchdowns.
However, it was Manning’s last season which broke a 17 year Super Bowl drought when the Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers 24-10 in Super Bowl 50, to claim their third Vince Lombardi trophy and their first since the 1998 season. Manning retired after the Super Bowl triumph, and since then the Broncos have not made the playoffs, having a 6-10 record in 2018, 7-9 in 2019 and 5-11 in 2020.
The Broncos look to bounce back from an abysmal 5-11 season which saw them decline even further from their 7-9 record in 2019. This was the Broncos’ 4th consecutive losing season. The team has a flurry of injuries as well as an inconsistent offense, leading the team to make big changes this offseason. Can the offense catch up to the talented defense and propel this unit back into the playoffs?
The Denver Broncos have been a successful franchise with a Super Bowl as recent as 2015. However, since 2015 the team has had a huge amount of turnover including new head coaches and a new GM. Head Coach Vic Fangio is now tasked with bringing this 5 win team back into playoff contention with Teddy Bridgewater at quarterback.
Fangio is known for his great defenses, with his units consistently ranking highly in the NFL. Fangio started his career coaching high school football in 1979, and worked his way through the high school circuit before becoming an assistant with the University of North Carolina in 1983. From this position Fangio made a quick leap into the NFL as a linebackers coach for the Saints in 1986.
He coached in New Orleans for 8 years before getting an opportunity as the defensive coordinator at the Panthers in 1995. Despite years of leading productive defenses, it wasn’t until 2019 that Fangio got his first head coaching job at the Denver Broncos. This team was a dumpster fire but behind all the injuries, they have quietly built a team that may push for the playoffs.
This offseason, the front office led by new GM Rick Spielman made some big moves to make this team better. The first move was addressing inconsistent quarterback play by adding Teddy Bridgewater. They then added pieces to give Fangio the pieces to once again field a top 5 defense.
The Broncos signed 2 high level cornerbacks in Ronald Darby and Kyle Fuller as well as re-signing Kareem Jackson and safety Justin Simmons. They also drafted college star cornerback Patrick Surtain II in the first round. This gives the Broncos one of the most lethal secondaries in the NFL. Although the Broncos fixed their quarterback situation, Bridgewater is likely not a long term fix, and likely isn’t enough to elevate an offense that struggled mightily in 2020.
The Broncos offense will be interesting to watch. This unit’s strength is definitely it’s running game. In 2020, the unit had the 13th best rushing attack in the league which is respectable. They struggled mightily through the air as they ranked in the bottom 10 teams when it came to almost every passing statistic.
This came down to the poor play of Drew Lock last season, but now with Bridgewater, the Broncos track to be more consistent. Bridgewater will likely play a point guard type role, distributing the ball around to his talented supporting cast. Bridgewater won’t be the reason you win a football game but he won’t be the reason you lose either. He is very much dependent on a strong supporting cast to elevate his play.
Around Bridgewater the Broncos have good offensive pieces. The running back room is top 10 in the league and is led by Melvin Gordon, who is coming off a bounce back season last year. The Broncos also added Mike Boone and college back Javonte Williams who was a missed tackle machine in college.
At the receiver position, the Broncos also have a top 10 unit filled with young talent. Their two starting receivers, Courtland Sutton and Jerry Jeudy have shown All Pro potential, and are supported by KJ Hamler and Tim Patrick giving this unit good depth. At tight end, the Broncos also have Noah Fant who is likely going to be a top 5 tight end if he can break out this season with consistent quarterback play.
The offensive line is decent as well, under the leadership of top 3 tackle, Garett Bolles. Bridgewater has all the pieces around him, and as long as offensive coordinator Pat Shummur can help him out with good scheming, this offense will move the chains in 2021
The defense is definitely the best part of this team. Last season they had 2 Pro Bowlers, Justin Simmons and Bradley Chubb on a defense that was ravaged by injury. Now with a brand new secondary this unit will undoubtedly be the best in the NFL. They are 5 deep at the cornerback position, with any one of these corners capable of starting on many other teams.
With Justin Simmosn returning as well, this secondary will terrorize opposing quarterbacks. The secondary has gone from one of the worst units to the best in just one offseason due to a big emphasis. This secondary is built to compete in an AFC West that contains potent air attacks led by Justin Herbert, Patrick Mahomes and Derek Carr.
However, they also have talent in the front 7 with Von Miller returning from injury. All Pro Miller combined with Pro Bowl Bradley Chubb will be an extremely formidable unit that will destroy offensive lines. In the trenches to support Miller and Chubb, the Broncos have also got back big nose tackle Mike Purcell and re-signed Shelby Harris to plug up that interior.
This defense has high level talent at all 3 levels of their defense which is built to contain the best passing attacks in the league which are present in the AFC West. As long as the offense can put points on the board with Bridgewater playing consistent football, the Broncos will likely find themselves with a winning record once again and a trip to the playoffs.
The Denver Broncos had an unfortunate 2020 season, with Drew Lock unable to step up to the plate and perform at a starting level. The team finished 5-11, worst in the AFC West and 12th in the AFC.
Despite their dismal record, the Broncos finished 9-7 against the spread, tied for sixth best in the league. They had just a 4-4 ATS record at home but performed better on the road, being 5-3 ATS when travelling.
Neither the offense or defense was good for Denver this last season, and they finished an even 8-8 in total points betting because of it, also being 4-4 at home and on the road.
Denver has opened with massive odds of +6600 to win Super Bowl LVI, equal sixth worst in the league.
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Where do the Denver Broncos play?
The Denver Broncos play their home games at Empire Field at Mile High.
Who owns the Denver Broncos?
Patrick Dennis Bowlen is the majority owner of the Denver Broncos.
Has the Denver Broncos won an NFL Super Bowl?
The Denver Broncos have won three Super Bowls.
Who is the Denver Broncos coach?
Vic Fangio is the coach of the Denver Broncos.
Do the Denver Broncos play tonight?
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What is the Denver Broncos record?
The Denver Broncos finished the 2020 NFL season with a 5-11 record.
Did the Denver Broncos win last night?
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How much is the Denver Broncos worth?
According to Forbes magazine, the Denver Broncos are worth $3 billion.
Who do the Denver Broncos play tonight?
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How to watch the Denver Broncos?
You can watch the Denver Broncos on CBS, NBC, FOX, ESPN, NFL Network, NFL Red Zone, DIRECTTV NFL Sunday Ticket and on Denverbroncos.com. You can also stream Denver Broncos games on the Broncos App, Yahoo sports app,CBS All Access, Fox Sports, NBC Sports, ESPN, Amazon Prime Video, DIRECTTV Sunday Ticket, NFL Sunday ticket, NFL GamePass and NFL Mobile app. You can also listen to coverage on NFL GamePass, Westwood One, TuneIn and Sirius XM.
Will the Denver Broncos make the playoffs this year?
The Denver Broncos did not make the playoffs in the 2020 season, finishing with a 5-11 record which was last in the AFC West.
When do the Denver Broncos play?
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When is the next Denver Broncos game?
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Where did the Denver Broncos finish the season?
The Denver Broncos finished last in the AFC West standings.
How many games did the Denver Broncos win?
The Denver Broncos won five games in the 2020 NFL season.
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