This week’s game against the division-leading Chiefs presents some intriguing NFL betting odds. The Denver Broncos have won three of their last four games but are still fighting for a playoff spot. The Broncos also haven’t won in Kansas City the previous eleven trips.
With time running out this season, now is the time for the Broncos to make a playoff push. Keep reading for a closer look at the Denver Broncos scoring trends.
The Denver Broncos are relying more on their running game lately. Melvin Gordon has emerged as the featured back, gaining 83 yards on 17 carries versus the Chargers. Javonte Williams also added 54 more and a touchdown in the win.
The ability to run the ball takes a lot of pressure off of Teddy Bridgewater and allows the Broncos to control the pace of the game. They’re also good at limiting mistakes when Bridgewater is in the game. Teddy Bridgewater has 15 touchdowns and only five interceptions for a 68.7% completion rate on the year.
Bridgewater has taken 27 sacks this season, which is a lot, but the good news is that he’s only gotten sacked four times in the last three games. So when Teddy stays on his feet, he’s shown he can lead this team to scores.
Consistency on offense is the glaring issue for the Broncos. For example, after scoring 30 points in Dallas, Denver only managed 13 against the Eagles. The team came back for 28 against the Chargers, but that wasn’t all on offense. The Broncos’ defense chipped in with a pick-six last week.
In both the game against the Cowboys and the Chargers, the Broncos had over 100 yards rushing. When Denver can run the football and control the clock, they increase their chances of winning. However, if they fall behind on the scoreboard, this team isn’t built to mount comebacks.
A Closer Look
A closer look at the rushing stats shows the offense is remarkably consistent. Melvin Gordon and Javonte Williams are averaging better than 4.5 yards a carry. The Broncos have nine rushing touchdowns on the season, and both Gordon and Williams are used as active receivers.
The real improvement in their last three wins is in the team’s red-zone efficiency. The Broncos are 7-8 the past three games from inside the twenty. Also, when on the road, Teddy Bridgewater has a 15.2 point higher passer rating.
Denver Broncos Scoring
Count on Teddy Bridgewater to have a steady game behind center. The Denver Broncos won’t score enough points to win a shootout, but their defense can keep the game close.
Melvin Gordon and Javonte Williams provide ball control for the Broncos’ offense. That’s why I’m taking the Denver Broncos to cover the 9.5 point spread. The problem for the Broncos is that the Chiefs have played excellent defense over the past four weeks. As a result, they’ve only given up an average of 11.75 points in their last four games. As a result, I think the Chiefs win a low-scoring game.
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