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The Denver Broncos enter training camp for the 2017 regular season with a quarterback battle on their hands. Last year’s starter Trevor Siemian is competing against Paxton Lynch for the starting signal caller.

However, it is the defense of the Broncos that is their strength. Leading that group is Von Miller. Like most of the best players on the defense his goal is to make opposing quarterback’s lives miserable and he does a superb job if it.

Back to the defense later, the offense for Denver concerns many in the organization. New head coach Vance Joseph will lead a team that just two season’s again won a Super Bowl.

The offensive coaching staff is strong with years of knowledge, but the unit has had its problems putting points on the scoreboard.

Last season the team had the fourth most three and out possessions and was No. 27 in rushing, and No. 26 in touchdowns from the red zone. Siemian is expected to start. Last season he was 8-6 as the starter with 18 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

C.J. Anderson will be the lead runner in the offensive backfield but will have Devontae Booker to back him up and Jamaal Charles acquired in the offseason from Kansas City.

Demaryius Thomas returns as the top receiver and will team up with Emmanuel Sanders giving the Broncos a solid receiving corps.

However the status of the offense will dictate the entire season for the offense. If they can open holes for the running game, opposing defenses will tee off on Siemian or Lynch each time one of them drops back to pass.

The Broncos finished last season with a winning record due to its defense. Last season the defense had 50 three and out holds and held its opponents to the fourth fewest point in the NFL.

The poorest part of the defense, its rush defense, has been addressed with the signing of Domata Peko a free agent nose guard and Zach Kerr, a lineman who can play interior line or on the outside.

The linebacker corps led by Miller and Shane Ray and the secondary are by far the strength of the defense. The defense against the pass has led the NFL two straight seasons.

Denver will have difficulty again this season on offense and look for the Broncos to finish second or third in the AFC West.

Denver odds

AFC West – 7 to 2

AFC Championship – 9 to 1

Super Bowl LII – 40 to 1

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Friday, August 11th, 2017 2017 NFL

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