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Old 09-06-2010, 12:03 PM   #1
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Default National forecast: A gloomy 2010 for Broncos

http://www.denverpost.com/broncos/ci...uestid=6389480

National forecast: A gloomy 2010 for Broncos

Your Denver Broncos will be in no-man's land this season, waffling somewhere between lousy and mediocre.
Hey, don't shoot me! I'm just the messenger, passing along the national vibe.
Sports Illustrated, for example, predicts the Broncos will finish 7-9, third in the AFC West. Fox Sports forecasts the same, but has a few positive things to say: "One huge bright spot: the apparent gains QB Kyle Orton has made in his second year in (Josh) McDaniels' offense, both in accuracy, demeanor and overall knowledge.
The team also appears better equipped to handle things defensively, where the defensive line appears stronger and the secondary is
the best position, top to bottom, on the field."
The Sporting News is not nearly as kind. TSN predicts the Broncos to finish 4-12, last in the AFC West behind the Chargers (12-4), Chiefs (9- 7) and Raiders (5-11). The Sporting News also asked 32 NFL reporters to vote for the best team in each division. The Chargers received 30 votes, the Broncos just two.
In this month's ESPN Magazine, a computer formula was used to spit out this: The Broncos will finish third in the AFC West with an 8-8 record, in front of only the Raiders (5-11). ESPN's

computer picks the Chiefs yes the Chiefs to win the division with a 9-7 record. Hmm ... looks to me like that computer is missing a chip or two.
There is some good news, or sorts, for Broncomaniacs. Pro Football Weekly senior editor Mike Wilkening looked into his crystal ball and predicted the Broncos will finish second in the division behind the Chargers.
"Broncos will exceed expectations again, but Chargers will probably be too tough to overcome in division-title race," writes Wilkening.
My prediction? I think SI got it right. A 7-9 record and third in the AFC West is realistic, but I wouldn't be shocked to see the Broncos drop to 5-11.
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Old 09-06-2010, 12:06 PM   #2
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I just read this in my new SI issue.

We should finish ahead of KC, Oakland is better well they should be after drafting high the last 7 years.
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Old 09-06-2010, 12:11 PM   #3
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this team better not finish any lower than 8-8.
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The Sporting News also asked 32 NFL reporters to vote for the best team in each division. The Chargers received 30 votes, the Broncos just two.
Still, simple mathematics would suggest that 2 votes is still two more than Oakland and KC... yet they still picked the Broncos to finish last... how do you figure?

Sporting News, this is what happens when you sign writers who never finished grad school. Not saying that their writers never finished grade school - just saying it's apparent they haven't, which is way worse.
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Old 09-06-2010, 12:13 PM   #5
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And then I'm watching Mike and Mike and they are predicting teams that didn't make the playoffs which ones will this year. No to Denver and KC and Oakland but they will improve. It's a matter of opinion and everyone has a different one. I'll let the team playing decide.
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Old 09-06-2010, 12:19 PM   #6
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There's no way 5-11 is happening with us facing the NFC West.
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Old 09-06-2010, 12:22 PM   #7
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These articles seem to get everybody stirred up when in reality the Broncos just need to go out and shut them up until then the reports will still be bad
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Old 09-06-2010, 12:24 PM   #8
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There's no way 5-11 is happening with us facing the NFC West.
I agree that we're not going to go 5-11...this is probably a 7 to 9 win team. However, I don't think we're going to go 4-0 vs. the NFC West. In fact, I'm quite concerned about the game against SF in London. SF has become a VERY physical team and they will give us some problems. That's not a game I have marked off as a win. The other three games Denver should have a good shot at, but they aren't absolute locks (maybe the Rams game is).
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Old 09-06-2010, 12:24 PM   #9
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I guess this makes me a homer but I think the Broncos will win a minimum of 10 games
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Old 09-06-2010, 12:25 PM   #10
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Nobody really knows what will happen. I do expect to be 2-0 when we face Peyton. Our lines and running game are my biggest concerns esp first few weeks of season. I don't think we are strong enough YET on lines for playoffs in 2010.

Because we aren't strong enough yet I don't see many games that are sure wins for us regardless of who we play.

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Old 09-06-2010, 12:28 PM   #11
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Another season where we shock the "experts".
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Old 09-06-2010, 12:31 PM   #12
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the same idiots predicted the 2009 sb champs to be 7-9 last year
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Old 09-06-2010, 12:35 PM   #13
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The first 6 games will tell us a lot, if we can get through them with a .500 record I'll be optimistic about our chances.
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I agree that we're not going to go 5-11...this is probably a 7 to 9 win team. However, I don't think we're going to go 4-0 vs. the NFC West. In fact, I'm quite concerned about the game against SF in London. SF has become a VERY physical team and they will give us some problems. That's not a game I have marked off as a win. The other three games Denver should have a good shot at, but they aren't absolute locks (maybe the Rams game is).
I'm calling it right now that we make Bradford look like a HOF'er
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Old 09-06-2010, 12:40 PM   #15
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I'm calling it right now that we make Bradford look like a HOF'er
Being that you have no basis, I'm going to note this.
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Old 09-06-2010, 12:57 PM   #16
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The first 6 games will tell us a lot, if we can get through them with a .500 record I'll be optimistic about our chances.
That's true... I mean look at last years first 6 games, that pretty much set the tone for the season!

Ok.. well, maybe not.
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Old 09-06-2010, 01:02 PM   #17
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Look, let's all quit murdering each other over the final record - just take this like a watered down professional...

one game at a time.
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Old 09-06-2010, 01:38 PM   #18
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Depends on Clady's health.

We lost our best defensive player. If we lose our best offensive player at a key position, we're kidding ourselves if we think that's not going to affect us.

How many teams can lose their top two O/D weapons and not struggle?

I'm prepared for anything, but will root for a deep playoff run.
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I guess this makes me a homer but I think the Broncos will win a minimum of 10 games
Say '10' enough Baja, and you are bound to be right one of these years.
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I love it when they hate us. It does not matter that the First Team O was as good to Great in every Preseason Game. Hate on Baby Hate on.
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Funny thing is I got pissed off reading this 7-9 prediction and then realized I predicted 7-9 also. I guess if you aren't a Denver fan I don't want to hear it.
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With the first pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. . .
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Old 09-06-2010, 02:15 PM   #23
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Say '10' enough Baja, and you are bound to be right one of these years.
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Old 09-06-2010, 02:16 PM   #24
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With the first pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. . .
the Kansas City Chiefs select QB Jake Locker
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Still, simple mathematics would suggest that 2 votes is still two more than Oakland and KC... yet they still picked the Broncos to finish last... how do you figure?

Sporting News, this is what happens when you sign writers who never finished grad school. Not saying that their writers never finished grade school - just saying it's apparent they haven't, which is way worse.
Knowing that two people believe the Broncos to be better than the Chargers (and, subsequently, the Chiefs and Raiders) does not require the assumption that the following thirty, or even a majority of the following thirty, believe the team to be second best.

I would think such a learned scholar would be able to grasp this concept.
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