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How did the 2019 Broncos team, players stack up against preseason odds?

Joe Flacco didn’t last long, and now Drew Lock will have a chance to settle in as the leader of a Broncos team that’s seen a ton of turnover at quarterback.

Denver Broncos quarterback Drew Lock celebrates defeating the Oakland Raiders at Empower Field at Mile High. Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Preseason odds for NFL teams is a good way to look back to see expectations for the season and start to understand where things went wrong or right. Below, we will take a look at DraftKings Sportsbook’s preseason odds for win totals, division titles, player props and more while we discuss what led to their triumphs or disappointments.

Team Futures

Super Bowl: +6600
AFC West: +1300 (finished second)
Win Total Over/Under: 6.5 (finished 7-9)

Player Props

Joe Flacco passing yards: 3,200.5 (finished with 1,822)
Joe Flacco passing TDs: 17.5 (finished with 6)
Phillip Lindsay rushing yards: 900.5 (finished with 1,011)
Phillip Lindsay rushing TDs: 5.5 (finished with 7)
Von Miller DPOY: +1000

The Denver Broncos thought Joe Flacco could provide the stability they needed at quarterback after finishing 2018 with a 6-10 record, but that was not the case. Flacco was a subpar quarterback after losing his starting spot with the Baltimore Ravens to Lamar Jackson and only lasted half a season before being benched for rookie Drew Lock. Lock helped Denver close out the season with a 5-3 record though and showcased potential that could make him the Broncos’ long-term solution under center.

Denver has some some solid pieces already in place. Phillip Lindsay has tallied back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons to kick off his NFL career this season and Noah Fant was one of the NFL’s better under-the-radar tight ends as a rookie. Then there’s the defensive side of the ball, which features two stud linebackers in Von Miller and Bradley Chubb. But some issues still need to be addressed.

Courtland Sutton was the only Broncos receiver to finish the 2019 season with more than 300 receiving yards, save Emmanuel Sanders, who was traded after seven appearances. Fant finished second on the team with 562, and sending Sanders to the San Francisco 49ers dealt Denver’s firepower a significant blow. Its offensive arsenal pales in comparison to those divisional rivals like the Los Angeles Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs. Adding more players who can stretch the field and straightening up the secondary could help Denver get back on track.

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