Rested and refreshed from their midseason bye, how will the Broncos (3-6) fare the rest of the season? I took a look into my crystal ball to forecast Denver’s final seven games.
Nov. 17 at Minnesota — The crowd at U.S. Bank will be deafening for quarterback Brandon Allen, and the Vikings are surely hungry to make up ground against Green Bay in the NFC North standings … 41 percent chance of victory.
Nov. 24 at Buffalo — Bills Mafia will be out in full force as the Broncos begin to realize the reality of a tough second half. Buffalo’s highly-ranked defense is allowing a paltry 16.4 points per game … 26 percent chance of victory.
Dec. 1 vs. L.A. Chargers — At last, a clear winnable game in the second half where Denver will probably be Las Vegas favorites. But nothing is guaranteed against seasoned gunslinger Philip Rivers … 66 percent chance of victory.
Dec. 8 at Houston — Back on the road, with a challenge against one of the league’s top dual-threat quarterbacks in DeShaun Watson and a defense pacing the Texans to a likely AFC South crown … 39 percent chance of victory.
Dec. 15 at Kansas City — Rookie quarterback Drew Look potentially starting, at Arrowhead Stadium, as the Chiefs likely lock up the AFC West title and jockey for playoff seeding. Denver’s chances ain’t great … 17 percent chance of victory.
Dec. 22 vs. Detroit — Momentum into 2020 can begin on this Sunday against the Lions at Mile High, where Denver will have a clear advantage defensively against the struggling Detroit offense … 76 percent chance of victory.
Dec. 29 vs. Oakland — Playing for pride in the season finale — and to avenge a defeat on Monday Night Football in the season opener — this will likely be Lock’s final chance to impress as a rookie … 71 percent chance of victory.
When it’s all over — If Denver can win the home games it’s supposed to against the Chargers, Lions and Raiders, it’s going to take two upsets on the road in order to scrap back to .500. That’s a tall task … 33 percent chance of finishing 8-8.
— Kyle Newman, The Denver Post
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