It’s not necessarily prediction time, but it’s hard not to look at the Denver Broncos and not try and think about the possibilities in 2020.
On Broncos Country Tonight, PFF’s George Chahrouri joined Ryan and Ben and discussed the best and worst case scenarios for the Broncos and other teams in the upcoming season. PFF’s best and worst case scenarios for Denver certainly hinge on several factors. None bigger than the play of Drew Lock, and the offensive line.
The prediction, if you can call it that, is 5-11 worst-case, and 10-6 best-case. It’s definitely worth taking a look at. All the metrics they factor in put the Broncos in exactly the window they probably belong in.
The low side means Lock doesn’t live up to the hype. The high side means he does. It really is that simple. As far as competing with the Chiefs in the AFC West, the outlook is a lot less promising.
According to PFF the worst-case for Kansas City is 9-7. They are the only team that grades out with a winning record in their worst case scenario. With Patrick Mahomes signing his 10 year extension, it certainly appears that the Chiefs will be the main target for a long time. The potential for a Lock/Mahomes rivalry is enticing, but will rely on Lock living up to the hype.
With the uncertainty of 2020, the Broncos are in an interesting position. They are definitely a boom or bust bet. If they can catch fire, and live up to the hype, it might indicate the start of a battle for AFC West supremacy for the next 5 to 10 years. If not, it could be back to the drawing board in Denver, while Mahomes and Chiefs make more history.