The Denver Broncos 2020 season has ended much like it started, with a loss. Going into Sunday afternoon’s game with the Las Vegas Raiders, the Broncos had only one win in the division against the Los Angeles Chargers on the first of November. Since that game the Broncos were only able to muster two additional wins bringing their season record to 5-11, recording yet another dismal season.
On Sunday the Raiders came to Denver with no real hope of playing for a spot in a post-season wildcard game but just to close out the season strong against a divisional opponent. The Broncos were eliminated almost two weeks prior and too were only playing to save face on another lackluster season. But whenever these two teams meet, the rivalry rears its head and the outcome tends to be hugely beneficial for fans.
This year was no different, as both teams fought hard throughout the game with both teams combining for 228 yards of rushing and 710 yards of passing. That’s nearly 1000 yards of offense that fans got to see from both teams. While Denver’s loss really had little meaning with regard to their standings in the division, they will have a much more favorable draft position in the upcoming draft.
While fans haven’t the foggiest idea where the Broncos will head in the off-season, whether they push for a top quarterback prospect to compete with Drew Lock or stay the course with the young gun slinger and young receiving corps for the up and coming season.
Whatever the Broncos decide, the silver lining is that they will have decent position in the draft and, this team is really young, in fact one of the youngest in the league. There is no shortage of talent, but the Broncos have a lot of major decisions to make in the off-season including what to do with free safety Justin Simmons. Simmons has been the most consistent player on the field and was one of only two Broncos chosen for the 2021 Pro Bowl along with Bradley Chubb.
This season Simmons played on Denver’s franchise tag, as both sides found themselves at odds about the details of his contract. While Simmons has been a franchise player, he certainly will be asking for franchise-type money next season, the question is, will Denver be willing to pay him, or will they decide to move on.
In other sports the Denver Nuggets got a much-needed win on Sunday evening in Minnesota. The Nuggets coming off back-to-back losses by the Sacramento Kings and the Phoenix Suns were in need of win against an aggressive and pesky Timberwolves.
The Nuggets went into halftime with a 55-48 lead, however the Timberwolves out-scored Denver 36-28 in the third, taking an 84-75 lead over the Nuggets. Denver’s big man Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray sealed the deal in the fourth out-scoring the Timberwolves 41-25, beating Minnesota 124-109.
The Denver Nuggets were scheduled to play the Timberwolves on Tuesday night and had not played at the time of this writing.