2020 Denver Broncos Review
The Denver Broncos finished the 2020 season with a record of 5-11, but things were actually much worse than that at times. Denver was supposed to be a playoff contender last season, but things fell apart quickly in a number of key areas.
John Elway is no longer the GM of the team, and that job is now up to George Paton. 2020 proved to be a tough year for head coach Vic Fangio, but he was missing a number of starters due to injury.
2021 Broncos Offseason Additions
Denver needed some help at the quarterback position, and they acquired Teddy Bridgewater from the Carolina Panthers. The Broncos selected Patrick Surtain with the 9th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, and he should help shore up the secondary.
Cornerback Kyle Fuller will also be joining the team in 2021 after a great career with the Bears.
2021 Broncos Offseason Departures
Running back, Phillip Lindsay is no longer with the team, and he will instead be running for the Houston Texans. Paton also made some interesting moves on the defensive side of the ball, by cutting two starters.
A.J. Bouye and Jurrell Casey were both let go by Paton and the team, and those are some big holes to fill.
Three Key Factors to a Winning Season
Drew Lock is technically still the starter in Denver, but he will have to win the job this offseason. The Broncos went out and got Teddy Bridgewater to bring out some competition, but Denver needs much better play out of this position.
Return of Von Miller
The defense desperately missed Von Miller’s presence a season ago, but he should be back and ready to go to begin 2021. Miller is one of the best defensive players in the league, and he could account for more wins this season.
Winning at Mile High
If the Broncos are going to be a playoff contender this season, then they need to start winning more games at home. Mile High Stadium used to be one of the best home-field advantages in all of the sports, and Denver needs to rack up divisional wins at home.
Rating Their Schedule
Thanks to the last place finish a season ago, Denver will have a pretty soft schedule in 2021. Life in the AFC West still won’t be any easier, but there are some winnable games ahead.
The first three weeks are very winnable games, but things get tougher in Week 4 when the Broncos host the Baltimore Ravens. Weeks 12 and 13 see the Broncos host the Chargers before heading to Kansas City to take on the Chiefs.
Denver will wrap up the 2021 season by hosting the Chiefs, and that game could have a lot on the line.
Expectations in 2021
All three AFC West rivals appear to be better teams on paper than the Broncos, and that is going to make things difficult this season. Denver should be able to get close to 8 wins this season, but that isn’t going to be enough to make the playoffs.
Look for the Broncos to be improved in most areas, but they just don’t have good enough quarterback play to really make a run.