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Broncos Deserve More Love in AFC West

Donnavan Smoot
Jun 10, 2021, 12:13 PM EDT
Melvin Gordon foresees a lot of celebrating for Denver in 2021.
Melvin Gordon foresees a lot of celebrating for Denver in 2021. / Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

Unless their team is being picked to win the Super Bowl, players are always going to feel they are being snubbed or disrespected. It happens every year with every team, regardless of what their record was the year prior.

Melvin Gordon has become one of those players. However, he has a valid point.

WynnBET has the Broncos finishing in third place in the AFC West with +600 odds. Finishing third in a division with the Chiefs is understandable, but The Broncos are still expected to improve from last year. Their win total line is set at 8.5, with the over (-130) favoring the under (+110). Even at third, the Broncos could still be in playoff position.

“We definitely aren’t talked about enough, but it’s expected,” said Gordon on Good Morning Football. “If you don’t win as many games as you should, people don’t bring you up. It is what it is. But it’s better that way.”

With Melvin Gordon, Noah Fant, Cortland Sutton and Jerry Jeudy, Denver has pieces the of a good offense. The Broncos’ issue is the same issue that has plagued them throughout the John Elway regime, and that is they do not have a franchise quarterback.

The quarterback battle is between Drew Lock and Teddy Bridgewater. Lock has had flashes, but is still trying to prove he can be consistent enough to keep the job. Bridgewater, on the other hand, is a known commodity. He is coming off a career year in terms of yards, touchdowns and completion percentage. 

Denver is expected to see improvement on defense as well. If that happens, Gordon may ultimately end up being right about the Broncos being underrated.