Things got off to a rough start for Vic Fangio in 2019, with a few narrow defeats to start the season. The Denver Broncos then seemed to right the ship down the stretch with four wins out of five starts behind rookie quarterback Drew Lock.
In 2020, the Broncos are only favored in six games out of 16, and five of those six are home games in Denver. Judging by the end of last season however, this could easily be a dark horse team to watch.
With that in mind, let's take a look at three games in the 2020 season that the Broncos could win, despite being the underdog, according to the odds on FanDuel Sportsbook.
1. Week 16 at Los Angeles Chargers (+2.5)
The Los Angeles Chargers have had a major disadvantage ever since leaving San Diego: they have no real home-field advantage in LA. Since the move in 2017, they are 12-12 at home and have actually accomplished a better record on the road in each season since 2017. Don't assume that will get any better under journeyman Tyrod Taylor or a rookie quarterback in Justin Herbert. This is a road game that the Broncos have to win versus a division rival.
2. Week 3 vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+1)
Tom Brady's Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a ton of hype heading into 2020, and for good reason. They upgraded their most inconsistent position with a Hall of Fame mind and talent. Still, Brady has always had trouble in Denver (remember the Brock Osweiler defeat in 2015?). Denver has always been a tough place to play due to the high altitude's effect on stamina for opposing teams. Even in years where the franchise has been less than competitive, the Broncos have managed to scratch together wins at home. The goal will be to win every game in Denver, but a team with a new QB coming from Tampa makes for a heavy advantage.
3. Week 5 at New England Patriots (+4.5)
The words "don't count out Bill Belichick" do come to mind here, but nobody really has any clue how successful the New England Patriots will be under Jarrett Stidham or Brian Hoyer. The tape of both heirs to the Brady's throne are unimpressive at best. This defense is still no joke, however, and Foxboro is never an easy place to win, especially for a younger quarterback like Drew Lock. Even so, sometimes you need to see something before you believe it and Jarrett Stidham hasn't proven anything yet, but oddsmakers are still treating the Patriots like they have Tom. There's only one Brady though, and this game just isn't that simple.
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