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Horse Tracks: What is the ceiling and floor for the 2016 Denver Broncos?

The Denver Broncos may be reigning Super Bowl champions, but the 2016 season could either go really well or really bad. It could also land somewhere in between.

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An interesting story came up on covering the ceiling and floor for each team and I was pleasantly surprised to see the Denver Broncos were tied for the highest ceiling in the AFC West with the Kansas City Chiefs, but also had the highest floor of any team in the division too.

Ceiling: 12-4. In order to reach 12-4 again, the defense must perform as well as it did in its unreal 2015 campaign. Former defensive end Malik Jackson (now in Jacksonville) and inside linebacker Danny Trevathan (now in Chicago) will have to be quickly forgotten. Trevor Siemian throws more touchdown passes than interceptions. Better to not have to play musical QBs in 2016.

Floor: 8-8. Don't see the Broncos falling tooooo flat. Not with their home field, defense or leadership. Running back C.J. Anderson struggling out of the gate would hurt plenty, given the QB situation. If offensive lineman Russell Okung still isn't healthy and the young guards fare poorly, cover your eyes on offense.

This is kind of what I predicted in SB Nation's season preview. Being a Denver Broncos fan, I clearly went with the ceiling in my prediction of a 12-4 season. Objectively, I could easily see how the wheels could fall off to derail their season at 8-8.

Under only the worst of circumstances could I see this team dropping eight games this year, but it is certainly possible.

What do you think the ceiling and floor is for this 2016 Broncos squad?

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