There were mile-high hopes for the 3-4 Denver Broncos coming into the season. Yet, after a solid start to their season, the Broncos have stumbled in all facets of their game. Because of injuries and a struggle to score, Denver isn’t the same team that some thought could challenge in the AFC West just a few weeks ago.
One look at the NFL odds this week will tell you that oddsmakers question whether Denver can score enough points to pull off a win against the struggling Washington Football Team.
What will impact the Broncos’ ability to score more than 20 points? Read on to learn more about what to expect at Mile High Stadium.
How Washington and Denver Match Up
Week 7 wasn’t kind to Washington or Denver, losing to Green Bay and Cleveland, respectively.
So, does it help Denver that they’re returning for a home game? You might think so, but the Broncos have lost five of their last six games in Denver.
Denver is 1-2 at home this season. The Broncos started the 2021 season with three victories before losing the next four games.
The Broncos rank 18th in total offensive yards, which doesn’t seem that impressive, Washington’s defense ranks last in total yards allowed. They’re a respectable 14th in rushing defense but last in passing yards allowed.
The 20 Point Question for the Broncos
It seems that when the Broncos break the 20-point threshold, their chances of pulling off a win improves. All three of their early-season wins had them scoring over 20.
Yet, since then, they’ve only scored more than 20 points once, in a loss to the Raiders in Week 6.
The Broncos have struggled with injuries, including losing linebackers Josey Jewell and Alexander Johnson, who are out for the season.
Denver did add LB Kenny Young from the Los Angeles Rams, hoping for some reinforcements this week.
It seems the performance of veteran QB Teddy Bridgewater isn’t helping the Broncos get the job done. In their early wins, Bridgewater averaged a decent 8.71 yards per pass attempt.
Then the losing streak started, and Bridgewater dropped to 6.43 yards per attempt and five interceptions. He will need to be more consistent if the Broncos want more than 20 points and a win.
The good news for the Broncos is that Washington has not consistently moved the ball on offense.
In four of their five losses, the Football Team was outscored by 69 points. The Washington offense, led by Taylor Heinicke, is struggling to move the ball or score the points needed to make up for their porous defense.
The Washington defense also allows opposing teams to convert on 58 percent of their third-down attempts. So if Washington can’t move the ball against Denver and gives up good field position, and Denver can convert on 55-58% of their third-down attempts, this game could get ugly quickly.
Can the Denver Broncos Offense Step Up Against Washington?
The Denver Broncos have a slight edge over Washington, but the Broncos will need to score 20 points, or more, to pull off a win and keep themselves in contention for a playoff spot.
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