The year began with the Denver Nuggets pressing for first place in the Western Conference. By early Spring, the Nuggets beat the San Antonio Spurs 4 games to 3 in the Western Conference first round which was far better than past post-season appearances. The Nuggets went on to lose to the Portland Trailblazers in the Western Conference Semifinals 3 games to 4.
The Colorado Avalanche finished 5th place in the Central Division and their first round appearance against the Calgary Flames 4 games to 1, but were ousted by the San Jose Sharks 4 games to 3. Both the Nuggets and Avalanche have added depth to their teams and are in great positions to make it even further in the post-season with the Avalanche holding the number two spot in the Western Conference and the Nuggets sitting at number three just behind the L.A. Clippers and the L.A. Lakers.
The Colorado Rockies sat in the number 1 spot of the National League West for just three days in March and struggled to remain competitive within the division. The Rockies did record 10 walk-off wins this past season and Colorado’s bullpen recorded only 5 shutouts. The Rockies have had a love-hate relationship with their fans since Colorado’s World Series appearance back in 2007. Attendance records dropped about 1 percent from the previous season, however crowds at many games late in the season were sparse resulting from the Colorado Rockies continuous slide.
The Denver Broncos had a fairly good draft, picking up local talent offensive lineman Dalton Risner, tight end, Noah Fant and the Broncos new quarterback Drew Lock all of which have provided instant results to the team. The Broncos however shuffled through their top quarterbacks Joe Flacco, and Brandon Allen before giving rookie Lock a chance to start. Flacco played 8 games before a neck injury sidelined him in Denver’s match with the Indianapolis Colts. Brandon Allen debuted in the Broncos match up with the Cleveland Browns in week 9 where Allen threw for 193 yards and two touchdowns in the Broncos win over the Browns.
Drew Lock was taken off injured reserve on November 30th and was named starter for Denver’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers where Lock threw for 134 yards two touchdowns and one interception. Lock continued his roll in Houston the following week when he threw for 309 yards with 3 touchdowns in the first half, beating the Texans 38-24 and a match that wasn’t nearly as close as the score revealed.
The Denver Nuggets are coming off a win over the Orlando Magic and played the Timberwolves on Friday with a 109-100 victory over Minnesota. The Denver Broncos played the Detroit Lions on Sunday beating them 27-17 at Mile High at Empowerment Field and the Colorado Avalanche are coming off losses to the Chicago Blackhawks and the Carolina Hurricanes. The Avalanche will face the Las Vegas Golden Knights in Las Vegas Monday night.