After the signing of Russell Wilson as the new QB for this season, the Denver Broncos have now got their franchise quarterback and many experts feel as though this Broncos team is now ready to be a major player in the AFC West.

With quality in all positions, the strength in depth is there, but can Wilson just slot in and turn this franchise from the 4th best team in the AFC West, to the best? It’s a tough ask, especially when you see the quality of the opponents they face in this division.

However, on the back of that elite defense, the Broncos should certainly be a force in what is the toughest division in the NFL and one of the toughest they will have contested in in their 62-year existence.

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Denver Broncos Factfile

  • Owner – Pat Bowlen Trust (sale agreed with group led by S.Rob Walton)
  • Stadium – Empower Field
  • Capacity – 76,125
  • Super Bowl Wins – 3 (1997, 1998, 2015)
  • Conference Champions – 8 (1977, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1997, 1998, 2013, 2015)
  • Divisional Champions – 15 (1977, 1978, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1996, 1998, 2005, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)
  • NFL Legends – John Elway (QB),Gary Zimmerman (OT), Floyd Little (RB), Shannon Sharpe (TE), Terrell Davis (RB), Brian Dawkins (SS), Champ Bailey (CB), Steve Atwater (FS), John Lynch (SS), Peyton Manning (QB), Frank Tripucka (QB), Dan Reeves (Coach), Mike Shanahan (Coach), Von Miller (LB)
  • Head Coach – Nathaniel Hackett
  • Offensive Coordinator – Justin Outten
  • Defensive Coordinator – Ejiro Evero
  • Special Teams Coordinator – Dwayne Stukes

2021/22 Regular Season Record

  • Division – AFC West
  • Record (W-L-T) – 7-10
  • Position – 4th
  • TD Scored – 36
  • TD Conceded – 31
  • Passing Yards (TD) – 3856 (20)
  • Rushing Yards (TD) – 2025 (16)
  • Turnovers –  +1 (19-18)
  • Defensive Interceptions – 13
  • Fumbles Forced (Recovered) – 6 (6)
  • Offensive Interceptions – 9
  • Fumbles Made (Recovered) – 12 (3)
  • Offense Rankings – 18th
  • Defense Ranking – 3rd
  • Special Teams Ranking – =22nd

2022 Off-Season Roster Changes

Class Of 2022 Draft Picks

  • Round 1 – None
  • Round 2 – Nik Bonitto (EDGE)
  • Round 3 – Greg Dulcich (TE)
  • Round 4 – Damarri Mathis (CB), Eyioma Uwazurike (DT)
  • Round 5 – Delarrin Turner-Yell (S), Montrell Washington (WR), Luke Wattenberg (C)
  • Round 6 – Matt Henningsen (DT)
  • Round 7 – Faion Hicks (CB)

Key Players Leaving Denver Broncos (FA & Trades)

  • Teddy Bridgewater (QB) – Free Agent (joined Miami Dolphins)
  • Kyle Fuller (CB) – Free Agent (joined Baltimore Ravens)
  • Shelby Harris (DL) – Traded to Seattle Seahawks (part of Wilson deal)
  • Noah Fant (TE) – Traded to Seattle Seahawks (part of Wilson deal)
  • Drew Lock (QB) – Traded to Seattle Seahawks (part of Wilson deal)
  • Bryce Callahan (CB) – Free Agent (joined Los Angeles Chargers)
  • Mike Ford (CB) – Free Agent (joined Atlanta Falcons)
  • Nate Hairston (CB) – Free Agent (joined Minnesota Vikings)
  • Justin Hamilton (DL) – Free Agent (joined Washington Commanders)
  • Austin Schlottmann (G) – Free Agent (joined Minnesota Vikings)
  • Stephen Weatherly (QB) – Free Agent (joined Cleveland Browns)
  • Micah Kiser (LB) – Free Agent (joined Las Vegas Raiders)
  • Andre Mintze (LB) – Free Agent (joined Minnesota Vikings)
  • Natrez Patrick (LB) – Free Agent (joined Detroit Lions)
  • Kenny Young (LB) – Free Agent (joined Las Vegas Raiders)
  • Alexander Johnson (LB) – Free Agent
  • Bobby Massie (T) – Free Agent
  • Shamar Stephen (DL) – Free Agent
  • Cameron Fleming (T) – Free Agent
  • Brett Jones (C) – Free Agent
  • Diontae Spencer (WR) – Free Agent
  • DaeSean Hamilton (WR) – Free Agent
  • Cody Conway (T) – Free Agent
  • Adrian Killins (RB – Free Agent

Key Players Joining Denver Broncos (FA & Trades)

  • Russell Wilson (QB) – Traded from Seattle Seahawks
  • Billy Turner (T) – Free Agency (from Green Bay Packers)
  • D.J.Jones (DL) – Free Agency (from San Francisco 49ers)
  • K’Waun Williams (CB) – Free Agency (from San Francisco 49ers)
  • Josh Johnson (QB) – Free Agency (from Baltimore Ravens)
  • Tom Compton (T) – Free Agency (from San Francisco 49ers)
  • Randy Gregory (EDGE) – Free Agency (from Dallas Cowboys_
  • Eric Tomlinson (TE) – Free Agency (from Baltimore Ravens)
  • Alex Singleton (LB) – Free Agency (from Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Blessuan Austin (CB) – Free Agency (from Seattle Seahawks)
  • J.R.Reed (S) – Free Agency (from New York Giants)
  • Essang Bassey (CB) – Free Agency (from Los Angeles Chargers)
  • Corliss Waitman (P) – Free Agency (from Pittsburgh Steelers)

Key Players Re-Signed This Summer

  • Graham Glasgow (G)
  • Melvin Gordon (RB)
  • Kareem Jackson (S)
  • Eric Saubert (TE)
  • Calvin Anderson (T)
  • Brett Rypien (QB)
  • Josey Jewell (LB)
  • Deshawn Williams (DL)
  • P.J.Locke (S)
  • Jonas Griffith (LB)
  • Andrew Beck (TE)
  • Malik Reed (EDGE)

Denver Broncos Projected Key Players 2022/23 Season

Offense

  • QB – Russell Wilson, Brett Rypien, Josh Johnson
  • RB – Javonte Williams, Melvin Gordon III, Mike Boone
  • WR – Courtland Sutton, Jerry Jeudy, Tim Patrick, Montrell Washington, Kendall Hinton, KJ Hamler, Travis Fulgham, Seth Williams, Tyrie Cleveland, Andrew Beck (FB)
  • TE – Albert Okwuegbunam, Greg Dulcich, Eric Tomlinson
  • LT – Garett Bolles, Calvin Anderson, Seb Gutierrez
  • LG – Dalton Risner, Netane Muti, Zack Johnson
  • C – Lloyd Cushenberry III, Luke Wattenberg
  • RG – Graham Glasgow, Quinn Meinerz, Ben Braden
  • RT – Billy Turner, Tom Compton, Quinn Bailey

Defense

  • DE/EDGE – D.J.Jones, Dre’Mont Jones, Marquiss Spencer, McTelvin Agim, Jonathan Harris, Matt Henningsen, Jonathan Kongbo
  • DT – Mike Purcell, DeShawn Williams, Eyjioma Uwazurike
  • OLB – Bradley Chubb, Nick Bonito, Jonathon Cooper, Randy Gregory, Malik Reed, Baron Browning
  • MLB – Alex Singleton, Josey Jewell, Justin Strand, Jonas Griffith, Kana’I Mauga, Barrington Wade
  • CB – Ronald Darby, Pat Surtain II, Damarri Mathis, K’Waun Williams, Blessuan Austin, Michael Ojemudia
  • SS – Kareem Jackson, Jamar Johnson, Delarrin Turner-Yell, P.J.Locke
  • FS – Justin Simmons, Caden Sterns, J.R.Reed

Special Teams

  • KR – Kendall Hinton, KJ Hamler
  • LS – Jacob Bobenmoyer
  • K – Brandon McManus
  • P – Sam Martin

2022/23 Season Schedule

  • Preseason 1 – v Dallas Cowboys (11th Aug)
  • Preseason 2 – @ Buffalo Bills (20th Aug)
  • Preseason 3 – v Minnesota Vikings (27th Aug)

Regular Season

  • Week 1 – @ Seattle Seahawks (12th Sep) MNF
  • Week 2 – v Houston Texans (18th Sep)
  • Week 3 – v San Francisco 49ers (25th Sep)
  • Week 4 – @ Las Vegas Raiders (2nd Oct)
  • Week 5 – v Indianapolis Colts (6th Oct) TNF
  • Week 6 – @ Los Angeles Chargers (17th Oct) MNF
  • Week 7 – v New York Jets (23rd Oct)
  • Week 8 – @ Jacksonville Jaguars (30th Oct) ISL
  • Week 9 – Bye Week
  • Week 10 – @ Tennessee Titans (13th Nov)
  • Week 11 – v Las Vegas Raiders (20th Nov)
  • Week 12 – @ Carolina Panthers (27th Nov)
  • Week 13 – @ Baltimore Ravens (4th Dec)
  • Week 14 – v Kansas City Chiefs (11th Dec)
  • Week 15 – v Arizona Cardinals (18th Dec)
  • Week 16 – @ Los Angeles Rams (25th Dec)
  • Week 17 – @ Kansas City Chiefs (1st Jan)
  • Week 18 – v Los Angeles Chargers (8th Jan)

Games selected for Thursday Night Football (TNF), Monday Night Football (MNF) or International Series (ISL – London, ISMC – Mexico City, ISMU – Munich) are indicated as shown.

Denver Broncos – Strengths

  • The Broncos defense is still rock solid and should be the cornerstone of a tilt at the playoffs for Denver this season.
  • Russell Wilson’s arrival hands the team the quarterback of star quality that they have been missing for several seasons.

Denver Broncos – Weaknesses

  • Wilson will improve the offense, but will it be enough in a division that is packed with teams who can run up 40+ points in a game routinely?
  • Still question marks about the Special teams.

Season Predictions & Top Betting Picks For The Denver Broncos

  • Regular Season Record Prediction – 8-9
  • Playoffs? – No
  • Super Bowl Winning Odds – 16/1
  • Conference Champion Odds – 8/1
  • Divisional Winner Odds – 5/2
  • Best Player on Offense – Russell Wilson (QB)
  • Best Player on Defense – Pat Surtain II (CB)
  • Best Rookie – Greg Dulcich (TE)
  • Surprise Of The Season – Broncos will win struggle to win against their divisional opponents, despite a strong record against teams outside of the AFC West.

The Broncos will improve, but not by anywhere near as much as the experts are predicting and they will just miss out on the playoffs.

Our Favourite Pre-Season Betting Picks For The Denver Broncos

The odds shown and each market for Denver Broncos is taken from Bet365 Sport.

  • Tip 1 – Denver Broncos Position In Division – Third – 13/5
  • Tip 2 – Denver Broncos to make the playoffs – No – 6/5
  • Tip 3 – Under 41.5 Points in Week 1 Opener v Seattle – 10/11

*All odds shown were correct at the time of writing with Bet365 Sport but are likely to have changed in the meantime and may also change further as the season progresses.