Can Broncos Save Season After 1-3 Start?

Can Broncos Save Season After 1-3 Start?
Fact Checked by Michael Peters

It’s been a start to the NFL regular season to forget along the Front Range for those invested in the Broncos playoff chances, with Denver losing three straight to open the year, before righting the ship somewhat in a come-from-behind, 31-28 win over Chicago on Sunday.

Through four weeks, the Broncos sit at 1-3 for the year, looking to forget the myriad of lows for Colorado sports betting users, most notably the historic 70-20 loss to Miami last week.

Ahead of Denver’s Week 5 home game with the New York Jets on Sunday, wanted to see how other recent teams in the Broncos’ shoes have fared. Utilizing Champs or Chumps, we looked at how teams ended the season after starting with an 1-3 record since 2012. Eighty-two teams have started 1-3 in the last 10 years.

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Performance of NFL Teams Starting 1-3

SituationNumber of Teams Percentage
Making The Playoffs11 of 8213.4%
Winning Wild Card Round2 of 1118.2%
Winning Divisional Round0 of 20.0%

The Broncos Super Bowl odds are among the worst in the NFL at +15000.

1-3 Starts Unlikely to Lead to Postseason

Based on our research, the overwhelming majority (86.6%) of teams that have started 1-3 over the last 10 years have not made the NFL postseason, with 11 of those 82 teams doing so during that period. Of those 11, only two made it past the Wild Card round, while none of those teams made it out of the divisional round of the league’s postseason.

For the Broncos, the road to redemption begins against the fellow 1-3 Jets on Sunday, in a game oddsmakers from Caesars Colorado list Denver as 2.5-point home favorite.

One positive for Denver fans is the team’s passing game, which ranks 10th in the NFL in passing yards per game (237.8), while veteran quarterback Russell Wilson has thrown nine touchdowns to two interceptions this year. Colorado sports betting apps list Wilson as +20000 to win Associated Press Offensive Player of the Year.

With the right mixture of luck and fortitude, the Broncos could be 2-3 entering their Week 6 showdown at Arrowhead Stadium against Kansas City on Oct. 12, which is the first of two games between the two AFC West squads in three weeks. Games at home against Green Bay (Oct. 22), the Chiefs (Oct. 29), Minnesota (Nov. 19) and Cleveland (Nov. 26) will likely be the deciding factor between another playoff-free year in Denver or the franchise’s first foray into the postseason since 2015.

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

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