Broncos given longshot odds as training camp opens

The Denver Broncos are among the majority of NFL teams whose veteran players are scheduled to report to training camp Tuesday.

And according to oddsmakers, they do so facing an uphill battle to be a playoff threat in 2021.

The Broncos open training camp facing a quarterback battle between third-year pro Drew Lock and veteran Teddy Bridgewater, who was acquired from the Carolina Panthers. With Aaron Rodgers reportedly close to returning to play for the Green Bay Packers this season, it appears increasingly likely the Broncos’ job will go to one of the quarterbacks currently in camp.

The Broncos passed on a quarterback with the No. 9 overall pick in the NFL draft to select cornerback Patrick Surtain II. He is expected to be part of a very strong defense with pass rusher Von Miller returning from a 2020 season lost to injury and safety Justin Simmons awarded with a massive new contract over the offseason.

Denver is being offered as a 25-1 longshot to emerge as Super Bowl champion, 11-1 to win the AFC Championship and 6-1 to win the AFC West title by WynnBet. Those are among 15 futures markets being offered around the Broncos by the sportsbook.

Team-Focused Odds

–Broncos to win Super Bowl LVI: 25/1

–Broncos to win AFC Championship: 11/1

–Broncos to win AFC West: 6/1

–Broncos to make Playoffs: Yes — +155 / No — -210

–Broncos highest-scoring team — Regular Season: 50/1

–Broncos exact regular-season wins, with odds

0-3, 80/1

4, 50/1

5, 20/1

6, 10/1

7, 8/1

8, 6/1

9, 4/1

10, 5/1

11, 6/1

12, 8/1

13, 10/1

14, 20/1

15, 35/1

16-17, 60/1

Player-Focused Odds

–Drew Lock to win NFL MVP: 125/1

–Teddy Bridgewater to win NFL MVP: 200/1

–Drew Lock NFL passing-yards leader: 150/1

–Javonte Williams NFL rushing-yards leader: 40/1

–Melvin Gordon NFL rushing-yards leader: 200/1

–Courtland Sutton NFL receiving-yards leader: 150/1

–Jerry Jeudy NFL receiving-yards leader: 150/1

–Javonte Williams to win NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year: 20/1

–Pat Surtain II to win NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year: 12/1