Two of the league’s premier franchise clash in a Week 1 matchup that NFL fans will keep their eye on. Baltimore, Super Bowl champions in 2012, and Denver, winners of four straight AFC West Division titles, square off in a season-opening Sunday game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Ravens vs Broncos odds for the week 1 AFC conference battle have Denver favored at home by 5-points against Baltimore while NFL picks for week 1 on the over/under are posted at a high scoring 48½. Despite those four straight division championships, the Broncos dumped head coach John Fox, now the head man in Chicago. Gary Kubiak, the former offensive coordinator in Baltimore, is the head coach in Denver and has adapted his zone run-based offense to future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning.
The 18-year veteran is finally healthy (a quadriceps injury hampered him in 2014) and the Broncos have a plan in place for resting the five-time league MVP throughout the season. Manning still has plenty of weapons surrounding him including wide receivers Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryious Thomas. Both Sanders and Thomas recorded over 1,400 yards receiving in 2014 and are primed to do it again. The Broncos did lose one of the game’s better receiving tight ends in Julius Thomas, but gained former Raven Owen Daniel. The Broncos running game will undoubtedly be better as Kubiak brings his philosophy to a capable set of backs led by C.J. Anderson, Montee Ball, and Ronnie Hillman. Both Hillman and Ball suffered injuries last season, so having depth at the position, which Denver does, is a key to covering the point spread as favorites in Ravens vs Broncos odds. Baltimore will be Baltimore again in 2015 featuring a run-stopping defense, a strong ground game, and the heady play of veteran Super Bowl-winning quarterback Joe Flacco. The Ravens lost All-Pro nose tackle Haloti Ngata, but last year’s first-round draft pick Timmy Jernigan appears ready to take over.
The linebacking corps is solid with Terrell Suggs and Courtney Upshaw on the outside and future star C.J. Mosley and Daryl Smith on the inside. The Ravens secondary is solid and is going to have to play well against arguably the league’s best quarterback and one-two receiving tandem if they are to cover the spread as five point underdogs in NFL picks for Ravens vs Broncos odds. The last time Manning faced the Ravens, he threw for 462 yards and seven touchdowns. The Ravens offense still has Justin Forsett (1,266 yards, eight TDs) and 15-year veteran wide receiver Steve Smith, who is coming off a season where he caught 79 passes for 1,065 yards. They will also have first round draft pick Breshad Perriman but not for the season opener. Perriman suffered a sprained knee in the preseason. Regardless, the Ravens will still have to face a very good Denver defense led by DeMarcus Ware and Von Miller. The week 1 season opener (Sunday, September 13th) between the Ravens and Broncos can be seen live on CBS at 4:25pm EST from Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
Even after four consecutive AFC West Division titles, a trip to the Super Bowl and 38 wins in the past three seasons; the Denver Broncos decided to part ways with head John Fox, who now is the head man for the Chicago Bears. Gary Kubiak, a former Broncos offensive coordinator, steps in to take over the reins and see if he can help Denver capture that elusive Super Bowl title. Bookmakers however aren't that optimistic as Super Bowl predictions have listed the Broncos at 12/1 to hoist the Lombardi trophy, 5/1 to win the AFC Conference and -200 in NFL odds to win the AFC West. Someone who is a bit more optimistic with Kubiak holding the clipboard is future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning as the 17-year veteran still has a few tricks left up his sleeve.
Manning will enter the 2015 season somewhat healthier after dealing with a quadriceps problem for much of last year. Kubiak is a practitioner of the zone offense and will rely heavily on running backs C.J. Anderson and Montee Ball. The Denver Broncos offensive line, which suffered its share of injuries last season, should be a strength. Guard Shelley Smith was signed from Houston and the Broncos drafted Ty Sambrailo (Colorado State) and Max Garcia (Florida). With a solid offensive line and improved ground game, the Broncos passing game should be even better. Manning threw for 4,727 yards and 39 touchdowns last season. Manning may also have the best 1-2 receiving tandem in the NFL with Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. Thomas caught 111 passes for 1,619 yards, while Sanders added 101 for 1,404. Denver lost tight end Julius Thomas to Jacksonville in free agency but picked up a pretty good one in Owen Daniels from Baltimore.
A big addition to the Broncos this season is new defensive coordinator Wade Phillips. The NFL veteran has coached some of the league’s best pass rushers. He helped DeMarcus Ware record 60.5 sacks in four years in Dallas. Phillips rejoins Ware in Denver where he will line up opposite Von Miller. The pair combined for 24 sacks last year, Miller with 14 and Ware with 10. They should shine in Phillips’ 3-4 scheme. Even at 39 years old, Manning is still one of the top five quarterbacks in the game and, other than last year’s nagging injuries, has not shown any signs of slowing down. The Broncos will find out where they are at quickly and they can control the 2015 AFC West division once again. They begin the season at home against the Baltimore Ravens on Sept. 13th. NFL odds for the over/under total regular season wins have Denver posted at 10 OVER (-130).
Broncos Update (9/11/15): Denver are now +1400 favorites in Super Bowl predictions, +650 to win the AFC Conference and -150 to win the AFC West.
As the official beginning to the 2015 NFL season looms (Tuesday, March 10), there has already been plenty of action around the league. With the annual combine complete, teams are preparing for the upcoming NFL draft and figuring out what they will do with free agency this offseason. The latest NFL news includes Broncos QB Peyton Manning taking a pay cut to play in Denver, Vikings RB Adrian Peterson meeting with Minnesota management to discuss his future and the dynamic Eagles RB LeSean "Shady" McCoy being traded to the Buffalo Bills for Kiko Alonso.
The Denver QB and five-time NFL MVP, Peyton Manning, agreed to take a $4 million pay cut to help the Broncos free up some much needed salary cap room. The extra cash will allow Denver to be a little more active in the free agent market, which will start next Tuesday. Manning was scheduled to make $19 million during the 2015 season. He and the Broncos reworked his contract to give the future Hall of Famer a new base salary of $15 million. The contract still includes incentives that could push Manning’s total earnings to $19 million anyway. If Denver wins the AFC title game and then the Super Bowl, Manning would receive $2 million for each milestone. Current NFL betting odds to win Super Bowl 50 have the Broncos listed as 12/1 favorites.
Minnesota head coach Mike Zimmer and general manager Rick Spielman traveled to Houston to meet with Adrian Peterson about the possibility of returning to the Vikings for the 2015 season. Peterson is still a little wary about returning to Minnesota after missing 15 games last year. Peterson was suspended by the league for an incident in which he eventually pleaded no contest to in November. Peterson is set to make $12.75 million this season. The Vikings have a few options when it comes to Peterson. They can release him or trade him and they can also ask him to restructure his contract. With or without Peterson, Vegas has posted the Minnesota Vikings as a 65/1 longshot to win the NFL championship and 28/1 underdogs to win the NFC Conference.
The Philadelphia Eagles dealt LeSean McCoy, who finished third in the league in rushing last season, to the Buffalo Bills for linebacker Kiko Alonso. McCoy has rushed for 6,792 yards and 44 touchdowns since he was drafted by the Eagles in 2009. He is one of the league’s premier running backs. Alonso was the runner-up for the AP NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2013 but missed the entire 2014 season with a torn ACL that he suffered in training camp. The trade will become official upon the start of the 2015 season on March 10th. 2016 Super Bowl odds currently have the Eagles listed as 25/1 favorites while the Bills are posted as 50/1 longshots.
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has informed the franchise’s management that he intends to play in 2015. Manning met with Broncos general manager John Elway at team CEO Joe Ellis to express his intentions. While the two sides will continue to meet to work out the finer details of Manning’s return, it is not a done deal as of yet. Manning, who will be 39 next month, must undergo a physical evaluation by team doctors. The future Hall of Famer has been working with Mackie Shilstone, a well-known trainer to prepare for the 2015 season. Shilstone is known for working with elite athletes who are nearing the ends of their professional careers.
The Denver Broncos will need the results of that physical before making a decision on what to do with Manning. If the QB is on the Denver roster in March, the club will owe him $19 million, all of which is guaranteed. Needless to say, Elway and the top brass in Denver want to make sure their investment is protected. Denver also has to figure out what to do with free agents Demaryious Thomas and Julius Thomas. Demaryious Thomas, who had 111 catches for 1,619 yards last season, is one of the game’s most feared weapons and along with Julius Thomas, one of the league’s most productive tight ends, gives Denver one of the NFL’s most potent offenses.
There is roughly $26 million in salary cap space that Denver has for the 2015 season. Signing both Thomases is a priority, but having the game’s best QB to throw it to them is also a necessity. It is possible that Manning could restructure his contract to help with the salary cap. Elway has gone on the record stating he wants Manning to return. How that happens remains to be seen. NFL odds for the Denver Broncos to win the 2016 Super Bowl have squad listed as 14/1 favorites and 6/1 to win the 2015 AFC Conference.
Which Indianapolis defense will show up in Denver on Sunday? Will it be the one that shutout Cincinnati during the regular season and then held the same team to 254 yards and 10 points in last week’s wild card round victory? Or will it be the one that gave up 632 yards to the Pittsburgh Steelers just one week after shutting out the Bengals? Colts vs Broncos odds in Vegas are predicting the latter as NFL playoffs betting favors Denver by 9-points at home against Indianapolis with the highest total on the board at 54. Gamblers looking to play the money line would need to risk a hefty -500 on the Broncos for a straight up win while an upset by the Colts would return +350 on a $100 wager. The pass happy Indianapolis squad will bring the league’s No. 1 passing offense to Denver to face the perennial AFC West Division champion Broncos.
The two teams met way back in Week 1 of the regular season. The Colts defense didn’t fare so well against veteran Broncos QB Peyton Manning. Manning threw three first half touchdown passes, all to Julius Thomas, and then Denver hung on for a 31-24 victory. The Colts struggled to get any pressure on the not-so-nimble Manning. As a result, the future Hall of Famer was able to pick apart the Indianapolis secondary going 22-for-36 for 269 yards, the three TDs, and zero interceptions. Manning was sacked just once. If the Colts cannot get to Manning, they can forget about covering the spread as underdogs in Colts vs Broncos odds especially with the emergence of C.J. Anderson at running back. Anderson rushed for 87 yards on 13 carries and scored three times in the Broncos season-ending rout of rival Oakland. The former Cal RB finished the regular season with 849 yards. Ronnie Hillman (434 yards) gives Denver another capable back in their running game.
For Indianapolis to stay with the Broncos on Sunday, the defense will have to show up and Colts QB Andrew Luck will have to duplicate his performance from a week ago. During the regular season, Luck had trouble turning the ball over. His 22 turnovers were second to the Bears Jay Cutler. Against the Bengals, Luck was at his best completing 31-of-44 passes for 376 yards and a touchdown. Regardless, Indianapolis will have a difficult time winning in Denver where the Broncos have not lost this season. Although listed as underdogs, NFL playoffs betting trends have Indianapolis recently going a profitable 6-1 straight up and 5-0 against the spread when playing the Broncos. That being said, Colts vs Broncos odds favor Manning and Co. for good reason. Denver has gone 6-3 SU when playing Indy at Mile High and 4-2 ATS in their last six games at home.
A Kansas City Chiefs win on Sunday night football against the Denver Broncos will really create an interesting battle for the AFC West crown. That would be made even more dramatic with a San Diego victory over Baltimore next week which would leave the Chiefs, the Broncos, and the Chargers all at 8-4. Kansas City will host Denver on Sunday night from Arrowhead Stadium at 8:30pm EST which can be seen on NBC. Broncos vs Chiefs betting predictions favor Denver on the road by nearly a field goal (-2.5) against Kansas City with the total posted at 50.5. Kansas City saw its five-game win streak end last Thursday with an upset loss to division rival Oakland. The Chiefs didn’t play well but still led 20-17 with less than two minutes to play. Raiders rookie QB Derek Carr hit James Jones with a nine-yard TD pass with 1:42 remaining in the game to cap a 17-play, 80-yard drive. The Broncos, coming off a 39-36 win over Miami last week, beat the Chiefs 24-17 in the second week of the season.
Kansas City wound up 2-3 after five weeks before going on that five-game winning streak. What has improved greatly since the first five weeks of the season is the Chiefs’ defense. They are first in the NFL against the pass and hadn’t given up over 20 points in a game since week four (before the loss to Oakland). The Chiefs have running back Jamaal Charles back at full strength. Charles has 772 yards rushing and eight touchdowns and QB Alex Smith has done what has been needed of him to keep Kansas City in the thick of the division race. Should they continue, the Chiefs are very hard to beat at Arrowhead as their 4-1 record at home testifies. Although Kansas City are underdogs in Broncos vs Chiefs betting predictions, gamblers should note that head Coach Andy Reid's squad has gone 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall and 4-1 against the spread in their last five home games.
Future Hall of Fame QB Peyton Manning will have to contend with a very good Kansas City secondary. Manning is still among the game’s best and has a league-leading 34 TD passes. He fared pretty well against KC the first time around completing 21-of-26 passes for 242 yards and three touchdowns in the Broncos 24-17 win. Manning and the rest of the offense will have to do it this time while dealing with some injuries. Denver has had to make some changes in the offensive line and wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders and tight end Julius Thomas suffered injuries two weeks ago. Vegas is reporting that 60% of Broncos vs Chiefs betting is taking Denver laying the points and for good reason. The Broncos have gone 6-3 ATS in their last nine games against Kansas City and are 4-1 against the point spread in their last five games when playing at Arrowhead Stadium.
It is one of the NFL’s best rivalries. The AFC West clash between the Oakland Raiders and Denver Broncos has provided some great entertainment through the years. This year, however, the fun will be provided by the Peyton Manning led Denver offense as they are predicted to leave yet another opponent in their wake. Broncos at Raiders odds in Vegas currently have Denver as 11.5-point betting favorites at Oakland for the week 10 match-up with a total of 49. The AFC conference game can be seen live at 4:05pm EST on CBS from the O.co Coliseum. Being double digit favorites, some might remark how the Broncos were crushed by New England last week, but this is Oakland. The Raiders have yet to win a game, dropping eight straight to start the season. Oakland has the league's most anemic offense led by rookie QB Derek Carr. The Raiders average just 288 yards per game including only 65 per contest on the ground.
Leading rusher Darren McFadden has just 358 yards and two rushing touchdowns for the season. Carr may turn out to be a good one, but he has struggled without the threat of a running game. The rookie from Fresno State had his best game in a close 31-28 loss to San Diego earlier in October when he threw for four touchdowns. Without a running game though, the Raiders may be doomed to match the 2008 Detroit Lions who finished the season 0-16. With two games each remaining with Denver and Kansas City, a meeting with San Francisco and a visit from 5-3 Buffalo later in the year, the Raiders best chance for a win will most likely be a Week 13 trip to St. Louis. Broncos at Raiders odds have Oakland listed as home underdogs since recent wagering trends have the squad going 1-7 ATS when playing at the O.co Coliseum and 1-4 against the spread when playing Denver.
Manning should recover well enough from the Patriots loss to put it on Oakland. It wasn’t like the future Hall of Famer didn’t put up big numbers against New England. Manning completed 34-of-57 passes for 438 yards passing and two touchdowns, but the bigger number was the two interceptions that he threw. If Manning can avoid similar mistakes against Oakland, he should continue to add to his NFL record 515 touchdown passes. He has thrown 24 scoring strikes so far this season. Wide receivers Demaryious Thomas (third) and Emmanuel Sanders (sixth) are among the top ten in receiving yards and have combined for 10 touchdowns, the same number of scores that TE Julius Thomas has accumulated himself. Denver are betting favorites at Oakland since recently going 4-2 ATS in their last six games overall and when playing on the road.
It’s Manning vs Brady, Broncos vs Patriots. It will be for the best record in the AFC and is a rematch of last year’s AFC Championship Game. NFL betting odds for Sunday's conference battle at 4:25pm EST on CBS slightly favors Manning and the Broncos by 3.5-point while the over/under total has been posted at a high-scoring 55. The 6-1 Broncos will travel to Foxborough to take on the 6-2 Patriots, who have won four straight since losing badly to Kansas City on Monday Night Football. New England has dispatched Cincinnati, Buffalo, the lowly New York Jets, and Chicago. Tom Brady threw five touchdown passes last week as the Patriots crushed the Bears, 51-23. It will take more of Brady’s magic to beat Denver this time around.
The Broncos are third in the league in total defense, giving up a hair of 315 yards per game. With defensive end DeMarcus Ware and linebacker Von Miller, Denver is No. 1 against the run. The running game is not New England’s forte, especially since injuries have decimated the position. It was free agent Jonas Gray who carried 17 times for 86 yards in last week’s win over Chicago. When it comes down to it, the New England offense is focused around Brady. He has some lesser-known, but capable targets in guys like Julian Edelman and Brandon LaFell. Brady’s favorite target is tight end Rob Gronkowski. Gronk has 40 catches for 558 yards so far this season, including nine for 149 yards and three touchdowns last week. LaFell added 11 more for 124 yards in the Bears’ win.
The New England defense isn’t so bad either. They are actually second in the NFL against the pass, which will come in handy this week as the Patriots go up against Manning, the NFL’s career touchdown leader. The future Hall of Famer is tied for the NFL lead with 22 TD passes so far this year and he, like Brady, has a very capable receiving corps. The Patriots have won 13 in a row at Gillette Stadium and, prior to last year’s AFC title game, won four in a row in this rivalry. Those four in a row include last year’s 34-31 comeback win in the regular season. If recent history is any indication, New England may hold a slight advantage heading into Sunday’s match-up. Recent NFL betting trends would also agree as the Patriots have gone a profitable 9-3 against the spread in their last twelve games at Gillette. That being said, Denver has also gone an impressive 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall and when playing on the road.
With two of the best quarterbacks in the league going head to head on Sunday, one of the most anticipated games on the NFL week 9 schedule will feature Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos (6-1) traveling to face Tom Brady and the New England Patriots (6-2). The Broncos at Patriots has a kick-off time of 4:25pm EST and can be seen live on CBS from Gillette Stadium. Denver currently sits in 1st place of the AFC West and has won their last four games while New England is atop the AFC East and will also be looking to win their fifth straight. NFL betting odds for week 9 have listed the Broncos at 3.5-point favorites on the road against the Patriots with an over/under total of 55.5. Both teams have been profitable against the spread heading into Sunday's showdown with Denver going 4-1 ATS on the road while New England has gone 9-3 ATS when playing at Gillette.
Two teams still searching for their identities will have the chance to define their season on Sunday night when Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens (5-3) travel for an AFC North battle against Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers (5-3). The Ravens at Steelers will meet at Heinz Field for Sunday night football on NBC at 8:30pm EST. Both teams carry identical record and share 1st place of the division but it is the Ravens who will be looking to bounce back from last week's loss to the Cincinnati Bengals (24-27) while the Steelers attempt to win their third straight game. Although bookmakers in Vegas opened favoring Baltimore by 1.5-points, the line has since dropped to a PK with an NFL betting total of 48. Heading into week 9, recent wagering trends have the Ravens going 5-2 against the spread in their last seven games while Pittsburgh has gone 7-3 ATS when playing at home.
In perhaps the most profitable games for gamblers this week, Monday night football will feature Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts traveling up north for a meeting with Eli Manning and the New York Giants (3-4). The Colts at Giants will kick-off from MetLife Stadium at 8:30pm EST in a game that can be seen live on ESPN. After winning five straight games, Indianapolis suffered a tough loss last Sunday against the Steelers (34-51) but still own 1st place in the AFC South. The Giants who are currently in 3rd place of the NFC East, will be coming off a BYE week looking to end a two game losing streak. Surprisingly enough, NFL betting odds only favor the Colts by 3.5-point on the road while the total has been posted at a high-scoring 51. Monday night football trends have Indianapolis going 8-3 against the spread in their last eleven MNF appearances while New York has gone a perfect 7-0 when coming off a BYE week.
Just a few years ago, Peyton Manning had spinal fusion surgery on his neck in what many thought would be the end of a hall-of-fame career. Just one week ago, Manning made NFL history by becoming the league's all-time leader in touchdown passes surpassing the mark set by Brett Favre (508). Heading into week 8, Manning will look to add to his historic 510 touchdown passes when he and the Denver Broncos (5-1) host Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers (5-2) for Thursday night football. The AFC West battle can be seen live on CBS and the NFL Network starting at 8:25pm EST from Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Chargers at Broncos betting odds in Vegas currently have Denver favored by 8.5-points at home with the over/under total posted at a high-scoring 52. Gamblers looking to play the moneyline for a straight up win would need to lay a hefty -450 on Denver while San Diego would return a profitable +325 for the upset.
The Broncos enter week 8 in 1st place of the AFC West having won three straight games including a 42-17 dismantling of the San Francisco 49ers last Sunday. Manning was nothing short of perfection in his record setting performance against the 49ers completing 22 of 26 passing for 318-yards and 4-touchdowns. Demaryius Thomas was on the receiving end for two of Manning's touchdowns including the historical #509 and finished the night with 171-yards. On the defensive side of the ball, DeMarcus Ware and Von Miller sacked Colin Kaepernick 5-times holding the San Francisco offense to just 62-rushing yards. Although on paper Denver appears to be the play for Thursday night football, it should be noted that the Broncos are just 1-7-3 against the spread when facing the Chargers at Mile High.
The San Diego Chargers currently sit in 2nd pace of the AFC West and will be looking to rebound after a disappointing 20-23 loss at home to the Kansas City Chiefs last week. A late fourth quarter field goal (0:21) by Chiefs kicker Cairo Santos ended the Chargers run of 5-straight wins. Philip Rivers extended his streak of 27-straight games with at least one touchdown and finished the day completing 17 of 31 passing for 205-yards with 2-TD's and 1-interception. Antonio Gates continues to be a menace in the end zone hauling in a 27-yard score during the second quarter against Kansas City and finished the game with 3-receptions for 61-yards. Although the San Diego offense might be running on all cylinders, the defense is not. The Chargers defense allowed Kansas City a total of 365-yards and 39-minutes of possession with just 2-sacks. Not promising stats when facing Peyton Manning and the Broncos. That being said, betting on San Diego has been profitable having gone 7-2 ATS in their last nine games and 6-1 against the spread in their last seven road games.