The Broncos made as many off-season changes as any team in the NFL so they should be interesting to watch in 2009.
NFL odds at the sportsbook will probably have the Broncos favored less than they were a year ago. The Broncos traded quarterback Jay Cutler to Chicago and he is just one of many of the players the Broncos lost in the off-season. Denver also lost cornerback Dre' Bly, safeties Marlon McCree and Marquand Manuel, linebacker Jamie Winborn, running back Selvin Young and defensive ends, John Engelberger and Dewayne Robertson.
The Broncos let go longtime coach Mike Shanahan and hired former New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. It is obvious that McDaniels has a different style as he irritated Cutler enough that the team had to trade him and now wide receiver Brandon Marshall also wants to be traded. The entire Denver offense is going to be different. Kyle Orton has the starting quarterback job and he is joined on offense by a number of new players including running backs Correll Buckhalter and LaMont Jordan. First round draft choice Knowshon Moreno is also expected to get a lot of playing time. The receivers look pretty good but that will change if Marshall is not on the team. Eddie Royal, Brandon Stokley and tight end Tony Scheffler are not big play threats. Denver was second in total yards in the league as NFL odds numbers show although they were only 16th in points scored. They are going to miss Cutler; the question is how much.
It was not the offense that was the problem last year. It was a defense that was 30th in points allowed as NFL odds stats show and 29th in yards allowed.
The defense should be better in 2009 versus the NFL odds with a healthy Champ Bailey and the addition of Brian Dawkins. Andre Goodman is expected to replace Dre Bly but replacing Jamie Winborn will not be easy. It will be hard for Denver to be much worse than they were a year ago on defense.
The Broncos play in the AFC West and that is very good news for them because the division is weak. The Chiefs and Raiders are still not very good and San Diego is unpredictable. The Broncos are a very difficult team to predict in NFL odds at the sportsbook because of their off-season moves. Denver was 4-11-1 against the NFL odds last season so they should at least be improved in terms of the NFL betting pointspread in 2009.