Denver is reeling from a week where they lost Von Miller for three months or more and Courtland Sutton is battling through a sprained AC joint. They were already 1-point home underdogs when the line was updated, but after those injuries it slide to 2.5-points in some places.
The good news is that the Broncos have overcome plenty of teams in their home openers. According to some data out of SportsBetting.com, the Broncos have been outright dominant throughout their franchise history.
Overall, Denver is 22-3 in its last 25 home openers, 26-4 in the last 30, 30-5 in the last 35 and 33-7 last 40, 38-7 in the last 45 and 41-8-1 in the last 50 years.
“It’s no secret that the Broncos have a greater home-field edge than most because of the altitude,” SportsBetting.com odds consultant Scott Cooley said. “When factoring in home-field advantage with a betting line, the majority of teams receive a standard three points. With the Broncos, you’re generally looking at 4-5 points due to the altitude.”
So while other NFL teams like Seattle and Pittsburgh may be disadvantaged with no fans to cheer them on, the Broncos are the one team that still carries a distinct home-field advantage.
That home advantage is one area that may not hurt the Broncos as much as other teams, because as they noted above - the altitude never leaves the Mile High City.
Anyway, let’s get on to Mile High Report’s Broncos-Titans Week 1 score predictions!
Broncos 24, Titans 20
The 50 years of home openers stat above is mind boggling. There were some pretty bad teams in there and I feel like this team is at least decent. Sure they have to overcome Von Miller, but for one game this team could rally around that. I may even be predicting a closer score than I should based on that gut feeling. A win is a win, though. - Tim Lynch
Broncos 27, Titans 13
VON WHO!? - Scotty Payne
Broncos 31, Titans 17
The Broncos have won seven-straight home openers. All-time, Denver is 26-8-1 at home in Week One. Yes, this is no “normal” year. The absence of Broncos Country and Rocky Mountain Thunder will take some getting used to. When you throw in the absence of Miller, that just adds to the doubt this first game of the season brings.
But as I told Adam on the MHR Radio Podcast, I think the Miller injury motivates this team even more. Lock and the Broncos want to start the season on the right track. They also want to prove Lock and the team is for real. - Ian St. Clair
Broncos 20, Titans 13
Mountain air strikes again. - Jeff Essary
Broncos 24, Titans 17
On the MHR Radio Podcast, I told Ian the Broncos would lose 45-42. That was right after the Von Miller new dropped. I’ve calmed down. It’s Monday Night Football at home to start the season. It won’t be as wild as my imagination. - Adam Malnati
Broncos 27, Titans 20
Broncos play their hearts out for their injured comrades, and the Titans fall prey to the curse of early season altitude. - Taylor Kothe