Nothing is guaranteed in the NFL, but the Broncos have to be licking their chops after a wild opening weekend. The Broncos have an opportunity to jump out of the gate strong, as three of their first four opponents certainly had their fair share of struggles in the opening week.
Guaranteeing a good start in a season, let alone a win, in the NFL is a fools’ errand; but it’s hard not to feel hopeful about the first four games on the Broncos schedule. Denver’s second and third opponents, the Bears and Packers respectively, showed obvious rust and lackluster play on Thursday night. The Broncos defense could conceivably feast on two offensives that struggled mightily in a 10-3 Packers win in Chicago.
Of course the Broncos first opponent, the Oakland Raiders, are a constant circus side-show of drama and intrigue. This has been in overdrive the past few seasons, especially recently with the saga of Antonio Brown.The Broncos fourth opponent, the Jacksonville Jaguars, also looked incredibly vulnerable, although they did have to match up with the AFC heavyweight Kansas City Chiefs, so take that poor outing with a grain of salt. But with that being said, that still looks like a very winnable matchup for the Broncos, especially with Nick Foles now on the Injured Reserve.
It’s also worth noting that a lot of the teams that many consider to be in direct competition with the Broncos for possible playoff spots struggled to varying degrees on Sunday. The critically acclaimed, new-look Cleveland Browns looked like, well, the same old Cleveland Browns. The Steelers ran into a buzzsaw in Foxboro, and the division rival Chargers barely survived against an Indianapolis team that’s probably going to be competing with Miami for a number one pick.
While starting out 4-0 might be setting the bar a little too high, a 3-1 Broncos team heading into LA to face the Chargers is a very achievable goal. With the AFC possibly looking a little more wide open than what many experts predicted, the Broncos could wind up in the thick of things, so it’s imperative that the Broncos jump out on the right foot. With the schedule lining up the way it is, Broncos Country should be feeling pretty optimistic about that happening.