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Can the Broncos Go From Worst to First in 2018? Pro Football Weekly Discusses Their Chances

There’s been plenty of buzz around the Broncos since the NFL Draft nearly two weeks ago, as many think that the turnaround for the team will be swift, and not the long drawn out process that it’s taken for the team to start winning.

Today Pro Football Weekly’s Eric Edholm put out an article ranking all eight last place teams from the 2017 season, and if there’s a chance they can make it all the way to first place in 2018.

According to the article, the Broncos have the fifth best shot to unseat the Chiefs for the Division title in 2018 – a feat that won’t come easy.

5. Denver Broncos (5-11)

When the Broncos rolled into their bye last season with a 3-1 record, including a thorough thrashing of the Cowboys and a 2-0 divisional mark, they looked like a team to be reckoned with. But a disastrous October-November freefall left the Broncos in the basement following eight straight losses, with quarterback issues the biggest — but far from the only — shortcoming.

They were a bit more competitive at season’s end, but four of their final five games came against opponents using quarterbacks who were not their teams’ starters entering training camp. Still, that likely saved head coach Vance Joseph’s job, even if he was cajoled into making some major staff changes for this season.

Denver’s offseason felt moderately productive. Case Keenum offers hope of steadiness at quarterback. There were a few other interesting veteran additions, too, including Jared Veldheer, Su’a Cravens and Marquette King. And the draft might provide two Day 1 starters in Bradley Chubb and Royce Freeman, plus a few early contributors, such as Courtland Sutton, DaeSean Hamilton, Josey Jewell and Isaac Yiadom.

What also works in their favor is the relative divisional unrest. The Raiders changed head coaches, the Chiefs swapped starting QBs and the Chargers remain in prove-it mode until they show they can win close games. On top of that, most of the Broncos’ toughest games are in Denver.

Division title? Feels like a stretch right now. But a rebound season could be in order

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