Bovada has released odds for the NFL season:
- The Broncos’ over-under win total is seven.
- The Broncos are 1/3 to miss the playoffs and 12/5 to make the playoffs.
- The Broncos are 45/1 to win the Super Bowl, the same odd as Aug. 24. They started the offseason at 33/1.
- The Broncos are 16-1 to win the AFC. Only Indianapolis (22/1), Cincinnati (25/1), Cleveland (28/1), Miami (35/1), the Jets (50/1) and Buffalo (55/1) have a longer odd.
- The Broncos are 15/4 to win the AFC West, tied with Oakland for the longest shot. The Chargers are 7/5 and Kansas City is 11/4.
- Quarterback Case Keenum is 50/1 to lead the NFL in yards passing.
- Receiver Demaryius Thomas is 45/1 to lead the NFL in yards receiving.
Same Seahawks defense. The Seahawks have revamped their defense, headed by new coordinator Ken Norton and several new starters. But Broncos coach Vance Joseph said the game tape suggests a similar style of play from the Seahawks’ defensive glory days.
“Well, defensively, it looks the same,” Joseph told the Seattle media on Wednesday. “Obviously, they’ve lost some of the front-line names from the past, but when you watch the tape it looks like a Seattle Seahawk defense. It’s a single-high, double-pressed corners, every player in the box, everyone is playing hard, and everyone takes the ball, so I didn’t see a difference whatsoever when it came to how they played.”
Von Miller: Same Broncos. Asked by the Seattle media if the Broncos are in an organizational reset, linebacker Von Miller disagreed.
“Nah, it’s not a reset,” Miller said. “We’re used to winning over here. We got (No.) seven, Mr. (John) Elway, running the whole thing. We got new pieces but it’s still the traditional Denver Broncos team. We’re going to run the ball, we’re going to catch the ball, we’re going to play great defense.”
DT optimistic. Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas has displayed an optimistic outlook for the season going all the way back to the start of OTAs in late May.
Thomas hasn’t changed his view entering Week 1.
“I think it just started out in OTAs and minicamp,” Thomas said. “All the guys showed up (for the voluntary sessions), everybody’s putting in the work and wanting to be better and get better. All the work has somewhat paid off. We still have a lot of work to do, but guys continue to want to get better. That just gives you a positive push and makes you want to keep working and working. We know if the guys do it, we’re going to be better and better each week.”