AFC West standings prediction: #2 Denver Broncos
- Record: 10-6
I hate that I feel this way but I really do think that the Denver Broncos are going to be a great football team in 2020. I would love to see them prove me wrong and have the Chargers take second place in the AFC West, but I think that Denver did all the right things this offseason.
They surrounded Drew Lock with weapons. They got one of the big-three receivers in Jerry Jeudy, who is going to be as huge help, as well as a solid third option in K.J. Hamler. Not to mention that the team already has a really solid young receiver who is only getting better in Courtland Sutton.
The team also signed Melvin Gordon. While Charger fans might not be happy with Gordon or how he played last season, it is impossible to deny that the running back duo of Phillip Lindsay and Melvin Gordon is dangerous and is one of the best 1-2 punches in the league.
Defensively the Broncos are solid as well. While they have secondary issues, they did improve that some by adding A.J. Bouye, although he is no longer the same player that he once was. More importantly, the team still has Von Miller and will get Bradley Chubb back from injury.
The thing with Denver is that they do not need the most polarizing names on defense because they have a defensive-minded coach and one of the best home-field advantages in football. That is apparent by their numbers last year, despite having a “shaky” defense.
Denver allowed the eighth fewest points per game and 12th-fewest yards.
I really like Drew Lock, he is someone who I petitioned the LA Chargers to draft last year and while we cannot overestimate his five games last season, I absolutely think he is capable to win 10 games with his weapons and defense.
Not to mention that they get their four hardest out of division games — against the Saints, Bucs, Bills and Titans — all in Denver. They feel like a 10-win team, unfortunately.