Broncos Look to Reverse Recent December Trend

Broncos Look to Reverse Recent December Trend
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A four-game win streak has the Denver Broncos hopeful of turning around years of misfortune in Sean Payton’s first year as coach.

That’s saying a lot for a team that lost 70-20 to Miami in Week 3. Since then, the Broncos are 5-2, cheering up Colorado sportsbook customers by winning four of those games by three points or less.

With one of the most important months of the NFL season coming up, BetColorado.com utilized StatMuse.com to find the records of every NFL team in December since 2013 to find the best to worst teams. Note all teams didn’t participate in the same amount of games, so ranking is based on win percentage.

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December Records Since 2013

Rank Team Record Win%
1 Green Bay Packers 32-9 .780
2 Kansas City Chiefs 34-10 .773
3 Dallas Cowboys 28-14 .667
4 Pittsburgh Steelers 29-15 .659
5 Baltimore Ravens 27-17 .614
6 Philadelphia Eagles 25-17 .595
7 Seattle Seahawks 26-18 .591
8 New England Patriots 25-18 .581
9 San Francisco 49ers 25-19 .568
10 New Orleans Saints 23-18 .561
11 Buffalo Bills 23-20 .535
12 Indianapolis Colts 22-20 .524
T-13 Los Angeles Rams 23-21 .523
T-13 Cincinnati Bengals 23-21 .523
T-13 Los Angeles Chargers 23-21 .523
16 Minnesota Vikings 23-22 .511
17 Miami Dolphins 22-22 .500
18 Carolina Panthers 20-21 .487
19 Atlanta Falcons 20-22 .476
20 Denver Broncos 21-24 .467
21 Arizona Cardinals 20-23 .465
22 Detroit Lions 18-24 .429
23 Tennessee Titans 18-25 .419
24 New York Jets 18-27 .400
25 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17-26 .395
26 Chicago Bears 16-26 .381
27 New York Giants 16-27-1 .375
T-28 Las Vegas Raiders 16-27 .372
T-28 Houston Texans 16-27 .372
30 Jacksonville Jaguars 15-29 .341
31 Washington Commanders 13-28-1 .321
32 Cleveland Browns 11-31 .262

The Broncos playoff odds are still long, with Denver listed as +300 to make the postseason vs. -380 to miss out.

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Broncos Suffering Postseason Drought

The Broncos rank No. 20 with a 21-24 record for a .467 winning percentage since 2013. The time frame includes playoff trips in the first three years and two Super Bowl appearances.

However, that was with Peyton Manning at quarterback and since his retirement following the 2015 season the Broncos have missed the playoffs every year. They were out of the playoff chase by the time December rolled around most years and they have an 11-20 mark in the month since Manning left.

The lone good December was going 4-1 in 2019, but that only raised Denver to a 7-9 final record. The top three December teams since 2013 have been the Green Bay Packers, the Kansas City Chiefs and the Dallas Cowboys.

Colorado sports betting apps still see the Chiefs as a Super Bowl favorite despite Monday’s loss to Philadelphia. Kansas City and the Eagles are tied for the best Super Bowl title odds with San Francisco at +450.

Oddly enough, only the Chiefs have turned that hot December play into Super Bowl victories with two. The Packers had four trips to the NFC Championship Game, but lost all four. The Cowboys only have three playoff wins in five playoff trips in that time frame. So, December success doesn’t always lead to playoff success.

The Broncos are currently a 2.5-point favorite at home against the 7-3 Cleveland Browns, according to ESPN BET Colorado. The Browns might have the best defense in the NFL, but the offense is struggling with quarterback Deshaun Watson out for the year.

Denver will be out to attack Cleveland quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson and secure win No. 6 as it prepares for a December schedule with the Texans (6-4), Chargers (4-6), Lions (8-2), Patriots (2-8) and Chargers (4-6).

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Douglas Pils has been a sports journalist for 30 years in Texas, Arkansas and New York having worked for the San Antonio Express-News, the Associated Press, The Dallas Morning News and Newsday. He most recently ran the Student Media Department at Texas A&M for eight years.

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