Are the Denver Broncos Legit This Season?

Many NFL fans, even Denver Broncos fans themselves, are questioning the success of the Broncos and their legitimacy. The Broncos have begun the season 0-3, however, each team they have played are currently all 0-3. In the season opener, the Broncos defeated the New York Giants.

The Giants had the 2nd worst-ranked defense last year and they again played poorly against the Denver offense. Teddy “Two Gloves” Bridgewater looked solid as he threw for 264 yards and two touchdowns with no turnovers. Then in Week 2, the Broncos rolled over the Jaguars and finally in Week 3, the Broncos absolutely demolished the Jets 26-0.

The Broncos have looked magnificent, as Bridgewater has not turned the ball over. The Broncos are playing very aggressively, yet safe at the same exact time. The dual rushing attack from Melvin Gordon III and Javonte Williams has been making teams dread playing defense as they have rushed for a total of 331 yards and 3 touchdowns through the first three weeks. Their receivers have been amazing as Courtland Sutton is leading the receiving attack with 210 yards on 15 receptions.

However, these statistics mean very little against these three horrible teams. They are arguably the three worst teams in the league so the Broncos must prove themselves in the upcoming weeks against actually formidable opponents to prove their contention.

Looking at Denver’s Injury Concern

One of the major concerns for Denver this season is injuries. The Denver receiving room has become extremely thin now as three of their best receivers went to Injury Reserve. DaeSean Hamilton (knee), Jerry Jeudy (ankle), and KJ Hamler (ACL) all are out for the season except Jeudy who may return in around 4-6 weeks, hopefully.

Denver Broncos DaeSean Hamilton Injury

On the defensive side since September 1st, CB Duke Dawson Jr, CB Essang Bassey, CB Michael Ojemudia, CB Ronald Darby, LB Josey Jewell, and LB Bradley Chubb have all hit the Injury Reserve as well. The Broncos secondary, though still one of the best in the league, have been hit significantly by injuries.

The Denver Broncos must remain as healthy as possible now because they are losing a few pieces away from not being a strong team anymore.

Upcoming Schedule

The Denver Broncos have now turned the corner and are now looking towards playing some very good football organizations. Their upcoming 4 weeks in their schedule looks like the following:

  • Week 4 – Baltimore Ravens
  • Week 5 – Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Week 6 – Las Vegas Raiders
  • Week 7 – Cleveland Browns

Each of the next 4 weeks is completely a tossup and the Broncos are most likely going to be underdogs in each game. The “easy” games in their schedule have now passed and now they will be facing difficult matchups.

This is where they must prove their own contention by winning big games. These 4 teams are all potential AFC playoff contenders so the Broncos must prove that they deserve a spot over all of the other teams.

If the Broncos can get healthy and get some of their most valuable players back, they will be able to contend against the other AFC teams for a spot in the NFL playoffs.

 


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