Can Broncos Break NFL’s 6-6 Playoff Blues in 2023?

Can Broncos Break NFL’s 6-6 Playoff Blues in 2023?
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The Denver Broncos’ odyssey to return to the NFL’s postseason has ebbed and flow by the week in 2023, with the team’s eight-year playoff hiatus coming down to the final full month of the regular season.

With the Broncos sitting at 6-6 and games against the L.A. Chargers (twice), Detroit Lions and New England Patriots to go in December and a two-game gap between Denver and first-place Kansas City, every game is a “must win.”

To aid in your Colorado sports betting, BetColorado.com utilized ChampsorChumps.us to look at how teams ended the NFL season after starting 6-6 since 2013. There have been 50 teams that have started 6-6 in the last 10 seasons.

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Season Performance of Teams Starting 6-6

SituationNumber of Teams Percentage
Making The Playoffs1224.0%
Winning Wild Card Round510.0%
Winning Divisional Round24.0%
Winning Conference Championship00.0%
Winning Super Bowl00.0%

The Broncos Super Bowl odds are +10000, the same as Minnesota, New Orleans, Pittsburgh and Seattle.

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6-6 Teams Struggle to Make Postseason

Of the 50 NFL teams that have started a year 6-6, only 12 (or 24%) reached the postseason, with zero advancing past their given conference’s championship game. Of those 12, five (or 10%) advanced past the Wild Card round, while two (or 4%) made it through the NFL’s Divisional round, representing the high water mark.

This year, the Broncos are joined by Atlanta, Minnesota, Green Bay, the L.A. Rams, Seattle, Cincinnati and Buffalo in the 6-6 club.

The Broncos are looking to return to the NFL’s postseason for the first time since they won the Super Bowl in 2015. In order to do so, they’ll have to do something 76% of teams that started in a similar manner over the last decade failed to do.

That road begins in Los Angeles on Sunday against the 5-7 Chargers. ESPN BET Colorado lists Denver as a 3-point road underdog with a +130 moneyline.

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Christopher Boan has been covering sports and sports betting for more than seven years, including stops at ArizonaSports.com, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.

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