Buy Or Sell: Denver Broncos To Win The AFC West (+260)

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BetMGM Staff @BETMGM Jun 04, 2022, 2:36 PM

With Russell Wilson taking over the Denver Broncos’ offense, expectations are high for the 2022 season.

Here’s a look at the Broncos’ offseason, 2022 outlook, and AFC West odds at the online sportsbook:

Broncos’ 2021 Record: 7-10

Biggest Addition: Russell Wilson

Wilson is still an elite talent who brings a dynamism to the quarterback position that Denver hasn’t had since 2014.

Despite a disappointing 7-10 season with the Seattle Seahawks in 2021 and a dislocated finger, the nine-time Pro Bowler threw 25 touchdowns and only six interceptions in 14 starts.

Biggest Loss: None

X-Factor: Javonte Williams

Williams showed true potential as a lead back in his debut season even while splitting touches with veteran Melvin Gordon.

The rookie accrued 1,219 scrimmage yards along with seven total touchdowns and should be able to build on those numbers in his second season with a larger role as Gordon nears 30 years of age and could be ready to take a back seat in the backfield.

AFC West Odds

Line Movement: +400 -> +260
Broncos’ Ticket Share: 39.5%
Broncos’ Handle Share: 37.0%

Team Outlook

The Broncos have plenty of reasons to be excited, but the AFC West will be the strongest division in 2022.

Between the capabilities of both Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert and Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes within the division, as well as the additions the Las Vegas Raiders (a playoff team in 2021) are making in order to compete, getting this short of a price on the Broncos feels like a losing endeavor.

This one truly comes down to the level of competition. Denver has the talent at the skill positions across the board to help Wilson succeed, but backing them in a division where virtually all four teams have a realistic shot at finishing atop the standings really takes away some value from their +260 billing.

For me, this is a stay-away as things stand.

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