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Is the Broncos’ 2020 schedule overrated?

Let’s overreact to week 1!

Tampa Bay Buccaneers v New Orleans Saints
Is Drew Brees washed?
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Coming into the weekend, most analysts considered the 2020 Broncos’ schedule among the toughest in the league. With Patrick Mahomes and the NFC South looming, it looked like the Broncos would need to grow up fast if they wanted to chase a playoff berth.

One of my favorite weekends of the year is nearing its end. Now that the majority of the week one NFL slate has been played, we can all draw ironclad conclusions based upon limited action with even less preparation.

What’s especially great about overreacting this year is how it could directly benefit the Broncos. Let’s take a look starting with week three since the Pittsburgh Steelers play on Monday.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Before Tom Brady found Mike Evans for a garbage time touchdown to pad his stats, he’d completed 22 of his 35 passes for 234 yards, a touchdown, and two picks. Beyond the numbers, his performance did nothing to quiet the questions about his arm that began to hang over the 43-year-old last year.

New York Jets

If Adam Gase is still coaching the Jets in week four, New York is openly tanking for Trevor Lawrence.

New England Patriots

Cam Newton’s on pace for 240 carries this season. Have you seen his injury history?

Miami Dolphins

Did anyone think they’d be good to begin with?

Kansas City Chiefs

I mean, if David Johnson could run on them, they can’t be that good, right? Maybe Ryan Pace was right to grab Mitch Trubisky?

Atlanta Falcons

New threads, same dread. The Falcons’ secondary is so bad that guys like Freddie Swain, Will Dissly, Sum Gai, and Travis Homer had receptions against them. Only three of those people are real. Russell Wilson only missed four passes all day.

Las Vegas Raiders

Until the Carolina Panthers signed Teddy Bridgewater, most NFL analysts expected them to chase the top of the 2021 draft order. There’s questions all over their defense and the offensive line is shaky on their best days. Vegas needed a fourth down fullback carry to bring home the victory.

Los Angeles Chargers

Speaking of fortunate, the Chargers were locked in a nail biter with the team who flubbed their way into Joe Burrow last year. If not for kicker luck, they’re 0-1. Tyrod Taylor completed just over half his passes.

New Orleans Saints

Are we sure Jameis Winston isn’t the best quarterback on the 2020 Saints?

Carolina Panthers

Josh Jacobs had three rushing touchdowns on them. This will be a good week to start Phillip Lindsay or Melvin Gordon. Heck, maybe both.

Buffalo Bills

Josh Allen threw for 300+ yards for the first time in his NFL career and only the third time if you go back and count games against FCS schools. At this point, even his best days are funny to me.