Week 6 – Denver Broncos (Away)
2018 Record: 6-10
Line: Denver -2.5
- Joe Flacco, QB
- Ja’Wuan James, T
- Kareem Jackson, CB
- Bryce Callahan, CB
- Matt Paradis, C
- Billy Turner, G
- Bradley Roby, CB
Mile High Stadium is known as one of the toughest places to play in the NFL. At higher altitudes, oxygen is scarce, and those that are not conditioned at the highest level are exposed. This phenomenon has been to the advantage of the Broncos organization for years.
The good news is that the Broncos were 3-5 at home last year and not a very good football team. Partially because the offense was led by former quarterback Case Keenum, and receivers Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders — two key skill position players — seemingly reached the end of the line physically. Thomas was traded to the Houston Texans mid-season, and Sanders tore his Achilles tendon in early December 2018.
Other than drafting tight end Noah Fant in the first round and quarterback of the future, Drew Lock, the Broncos haven’t done much to improve this offseason. They brought over quarterback Joe Flacco from the Baltimore Ravens (whoop-dee-doo), but I’m not sold he was a better option than Keenum.
Broncos general manager John Elway did make one move I’m fond of: he successfully enticed rookie head coach Vic Fangio away from the Chicago Bears.
This hire will keep the Denver defense in the elite conversation, but for this matchup, the Titans will have Lewan back, and it’s a good thing—the Broncos have two immensely talented edge rushers in Von Miller and Bradley Chubb.
Vrabel has the boys in top form, and the Titans get a victory after a massive day from running back Derrick Henry.
Tennessee Titans win-loss counter: 5-3