2023 Denver Broncos schedule, betting odds and predictions

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New head coach Sean Payton takes over with low expectations

Longtime Saints head coach Sean Payton will lead a Denver Broncos bunch into the 2023 season off of one of the most disappointing years in franchise history. The trade of Russell Wilson was supposed to inject life into a team that hasn’t really had a good QB since Peyton Manning, but that was not the case. Former head coach Nathaniel Hackett seemed overwhelmed and Wilson regressed as Denver limped to a last-place finish in the league’s top division. With a strong AFC West once again, the Broncos have an uphill climb to get back to the playoffs.

Denver Broncos betting odds

(odds from DraftKings as of May 11, 6 p.m. PT)

Season Win Total Odds: 8.5 (-110/-110)
Super Bowl Odds: +4000
AFC Champion: +2500
AFC West Champion: +550

Last season: 5-12, 4th in AFC West

Key additions: OT Mike McGlinchey, OG Ben Powers, DE Zach Allen, QB Jarrett Stidham, CB Tremon Smith, P Riley Dixon, RB Samaje Perine, TE Adam Trautman, WR Marvin Mims Jr.*, LB Drew Sanders*, DB Riley Moss*

Key losses: DE Dre’Mont Jones, OT Calvin Anderson, FB Andrew Beck, RB Latavius Murray

* – drafted

2023 Denver Broncos schedule

Week 1: vs. Raiders (-3.5)
Week 2: vs. Commanders (-3.5)
Week 3: @ Dolphins (+3.5)
Week 4: @ Bears (-1.5)
Week 5: vs. Jets (+1)
Week 6: @ Chiefs (TNF) (+7) 
Week 7: vs. Packers (-3.5)
Week 8: vs. Chiefs (+3.5)
Week 9: BYE WEEK
Week 10: @ Bills (MNF) (+6)
Week 11: vs. Vikings (SNF) (-2)
Week 12: vs. Browns (-1)
Week 13: @ Texans (-4)
Week 14: @ Chargers (+3)
Week 15: @ Lions (+2)
Week 16: vs. Patriots (SNF) (-1.5)
Week 17: vs. Chargers (-1)
Week 18: @ Raiders (-1)

Denver Broncos schedule this year

Denver faces six challenging games within the division against the AFC West, to go along with matchups against the entirety of the NFC North and AFC East. The AFC East looks a lot stronger this season with Aaron Rodgers and the much improved Dolphins from a year ago, so this is a tough first year on paper for Payton and the Broncos. However, the last-place schedule does feature the Texans and Commanders. 

Denver also draws three straight road games from Week 13-15, but also gets the first two games of the season at home, where they often have a big advantage early in the season.

Denver Broncos schedule analysis

For more on the Broncos schedule, here’s what Matt Youmans and Wes Reynolds had to say on VSiN Tonight following the NFL’s official release: