2021 Season Preview: The Broncos beefed up their pass defense after the 2020 season with an eye on stopping the Chiefs’ aerial attack in 2021. The next piece of business is to settle on a quarterback. Teddy Bridgewater has enjoyed success in the past, but Denver has also invested time and money in Drew Lock, who will probably begin the year on the bench. Melvin Gordon and Javonte Williams will compete for carries in the backfield, while young tight end Noah Fant should top 50 catches again. Experts believe Von Miller can lead the Denver D back toward the top of the NFL rankings, but wonder if the Broncos can score enough points to challenge the Chiefs for first place in the AFC West.
2020 Season Roundup: The Broncos scored more than 100 points fewer than they allowed and were lucky to finish 5–11. Running back Melvin Jenkins was Denver best weapon, with 986 rushing yards, 32 pass receptions, and 10 touchdowns. Bradley Chubb, Malik Redd, and Justin Simmons were the standouts on defense.
2020 Season Roundup: The Broncos begin the year as a middle-of-the-pack team but, with so many good young players, that could change quickly. Veterans Von Miller and Justin Simmons lead a great defense, while Drew Lock begins his first full season as a starting quarterback. If they can survive a tough schedule the first two months, the Broncos could make their first trip to the playoffs since their Super Bowl victory in 2015.
2019 Season Roundup: Season-ending injuries to key players Bradley Chubb and Ja’Wuan James made it tough for the Broncos to compete in the AFC West—especially after starting the year 0–4. They finished 7–9, with four of those losses coming in the final 30 seconds of the fourth quarter. Phillip Lindsay rushed for over 1,000 yards and Courtland Sutton topped 1,000 receiving yards.
December 8, 2019: Rookie Drew Lock threw for 309 yards and 3 touchdowns in a win over the Texans in Houston. It was the first time in history a player threw for 300 yards and 3 touchdowns in his first road start. Lock’s teammates dubbed him “Buzz Lightyear” because of the huge wristband he wears.
September 29, 2019: Von Miller sacked the quarterback twice in a loss to the Jaguars to reach 100 sacks for his career in his 124th game. Only three players have reached 100 sacks faster.
2019 Season Preview: Denver found the free agents and draft picks it needed to fill holes in 2019, including veteran passer Joe Flacco. He’ll have lots of help from the Broncos running backs, including last year’s rookie stars, Royce Freeman and Phillip Lindsay. There are some questions at receiver, but little to worry about of the defensive side of the ball with new coach Vic Fangio calling the shots. Von Miller and Bradley Chubb will try to repeat their (combined) 30-sack season in 2019.
2018 Season Roundup: The Broncos improved their record but still had a losing season. Denver was 6–6 and in the playoff picture in early December, but dropped its final four games. Case Keenum threw for more than 3,500 yards and Phillip Lindsey topped 1,000 rushing yards in his rookie year, but the offense was inconsistent. That was too bad, because the defense—led by Von Miller and Bradley Chubb—was sensational at times.
2018 Season Preview: Quarterback Case Keenum—who guided the Vikings in 2017 to within a win of the Super Bowl—will call plays for an offense that seems to have taken a step backward in recent years. There is talent on the line and in the backfield, and receiver Demaryius Thomas is a valuable weapon. But Denver doesn’t figure to put a ton of points on the scoreboard. The defense will be the difference-maker, thanks to by Von Miller and Chris Harris.
2017 Season Roundup: After starting the season on fire, the Broncos won just two of their final 12 games to finish last in the AFC West. The offensive stars were running back C.J. Anderson and Demaryius Thomas, but poor play from the Denver quarterbacks and a so-so defense doomed the team to a 5–11 record.
2017 Season Preview: A leaky offensive line kept the Broncos out of the playoffs in 2016. New coach Vance Joseph has fixed that problem in 2017. No one is happier about this than free agent Jamaal Charles, who hopes to run wild behind his new blockers. The Denver defense should be good as always, with Von Miller leading the charge.
2016 Season Roundup: Trevor Siemian took over as quarterback after the retirement of Peyton Manning, and the team looked good in winning its first four games. The Broncos struggled the rest of the way, however, and missed the playoffs at 9–7. Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders caught 169 passes together, but only scored 10 touchdowns. Von Miller and Aqib Talib were the leaders of one of the league’s toughest defenses.
2016 Season Preview: Denver looks to win with its 2015 recipe for success with one major difference—Peyton Manning is retired and Trevor Siemian is now calling the signals. That shouldn’t be a problem if the Denver defense continues to play well and receivers Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders continue to torch enemy defenses. While linebacker Von Miller gets most of the attention, it is the team’s pass defense that makes the Broncos so hard to beat.
September 17, 2015: Peyton Manning became the second quarterback to pass for 70,000 yards in a win over the Chiefs.
2015 Season Preview: Will this be the year Peyton Manning begins to show his age? The Broncos have beefed up their running game to take the pressure off their 39-year-old quarterback. Pass rushers Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware lead an aggressive defense.
November 9, 2014: Julius Thomas caught two TD passes against the Raiders to give him 12 for the season. He became the first tight end in history with back-to-back seasons of 12 or more touchdown catches.
October 19, 2014: Peyton Manning became the all-time leader in touchdown passes when he connected with Demaryius Thomas in a game against the 49ers. Manning surpassed Brett Favre, who retired with 508 scoring tosses.
September 7, 2014: When the Broncos defeated the Colts, Peyton Manning became only the second quarterback to have beaten all32 NFL teams. The other is Brett Favre. Two weeks later he threw his 100th TD pass as a Bronco in just his 35th game with the team.
September 2, 2014: The Broncos reached the Super Bowl without their best defensive player, Von Miller. He’s back in 2014, along with free agent star DeMarcus Ware. The team’s pass defense is also improved. If Peyton Manning can continue outing up eye-popping numbers, Denver will be the team to beat in the AFC this season.
December 29, 2013: The Broncos finished the year with 606 points to set a new league record. No team had ever scored 600 points before.
December 22, 2013: Peyton Manning broke Tom Brady’s record for touchdown passes in a season with his 51st of the year in a victory over the Houston Texans. Manning would finish the regular season with 55 TDs, and also set a new record for passing yards with 5,477. He was named Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year for 2013.
December 8, 2013: Matt Prater booted a 64-yard field goal to set a new NFL record. The old record of 63 yards was shared by three players, including former Bronco Jason Elam.
September 29, 2013: Peyton Manning broke a record he shared with Brett Favre when he threw for four touchdowns in a 52–20 win over the Eagles. It was the 24th time in his career Manning had thrown for four or more TDs. He also became the second quarterback to throw for 450 career touchdowns during the game. Two weeks earlier, Manning became the third quarterback in the 60,000 Yard Club.
September 5, 2013: Peyton Manning tossed seven touchdown passes in the season opener against the Baltimore Ravens. Only six other quarterbacks have thrown for seven TDs, and Manning was the first to do so since 1969.
September 4, 2013: Heading into 2013, Denver has no obvious weaknesses. Plus, to a man, the Broncos believe that they should have been playing in the Super Bowl last February, not the Ravens. That makes for a dangerous combination. Peyton Manning seems better than ever, and now he has Wes Welker as a new target. The Broncos’ pass defenders let them down in the playoffs, but it is probably the strongest part of the defense this season.
ebruary 2, 2013: Peyton Manning was named NFL Comeback Player of the Year. In his first season with the Broncos, he led the team to 13 wins and the best record in the AFC. The team’s Super Bowl dreams were dashed when the defense allowed a game-tying touchdown late in their playoff meeting with the Ravens. Baltimore won the game in overtime with a field goal—and went on to become NFL champions.
September 9, 2012: Quarterback Peyton Manning became the third quarterback in pro football history with 400 touchdown passes when he threw for two scores in victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Summer, 2012: The big story in the AFC this season is Peyton Manning switching uniforms and joining the Broncos. Can he return to full health? Are the Broncos ready to play a very tough schedule in 2012? All eyes will be on Denver this fall.