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Magic 8 Ball predictions for the 2024 Denver Broncos game

By meerna Jun18,2024
Magic 8 Ball predictions for the 2024 Denver Broncos game

Mattel’s Magic 8 Ball has been predicting the future since 1946. We asked a few questions about the Denver Broncos one at a time, but the results weren’t great.

For those unfamiliar with the concept, users ask the ball “yes-no” questions, shake it, and then flip it over to reveal the answer. We opted for the online version, where we asked the following questions:

Is rookie QB Bo Nix the answer?


Magic 8 Ball says: Ask again later

After firing former QB Russell Wilson in March, the Broncos selected Nix (No. 12 pick) in the first round, which raised eyebrows. Pro Football Focus called the selection one of the draft’s greatest accomplishments.

The 24-year-old QB broke an NCAA record in his final season at Oregon by completing 77.45% of his passes in 14 games. However, doubts remain about his ability to push the ball downfield. According to PFF, Nix’s average target depth (6.8 yards) was 167th in the FBS.

Still, expect Nix to win the starting QB contest between Jarrett Stidham and former first-round pick Zach Wilson. Denver head coach Sean Payton recently compared the rookie to future Hall of Famer Drew Brees, whom he coached for 15 seasons in New Orleans.

Time will tell whether this assessment turns out to be correct.

Will WR Courtland Sutton sign a contract extension?


Magic 8 Ball says: Very doubtful

Sutton, who has two years left on his $60.8 million contract, admitted he is considering opting out of minicamp, which would cost him a $101,716 fine, according to NFL.com’s Kevin Patra.

“I wanted to make sure everyone knew I was upset about the deal, the conversation and the ongoing impasse,” Sutton said recently, via Ryan McFadden of The Denver Post. “I don’t think it was too significant (skipping the mini-camp) because the point was made. I hope we can find a solution and get to the bottom of the problem.”

Spotrac estimates Sutton’s market value at a three-year deal worth $18.7 million per year, which could be a tall order for the cash-strapped Broncos. The move away from Wilson resulted in a loss of $85 million over the next two seasons.

Plus, the Broncos certainly want to avoid overpaying Sutton. Entering his seventh season with the club, he made just one Pro Bowl appearance and once had over 1,000 yards rushing.

Will the offense improve?


Magic 8 Ball says: Prospects are good

While he was Saints HC from 2006-2021, Payton gained a reputation as an offensive genius. In 2011, New Orleans recorded an NFL-record 7,474 yards in 16 games.

The Broncos offense was disappointing in Payton’s first season in Denver. He finished 26th in the league in yards (298.4) and 19th in points scored (21 PPG). However, the team focused on adding playmakers in the draft, which likely gave the team a spark.

Denver found potential steals in Oregon WR Troy Franklin (pick No. 104) and Notre Dame running back Audric Estime (pick No. 147). Franklin finished third in the FBS in touchdown catches in 2023 (14 in 13 games) and Estime finished third in rushing TDs (18 in 12 games).

Will the Broncos end their eight-year playoff drought?


Magic 8 Ball says: My sources say no

Denver’s roster clearly lacks talent. PFF’s Jim Wyman and Dalton Wasserman rated it the worst in the league. They emphasized that the Broncos had failed to improve on a terrible defense that allowed 70 points against the Miami Dolphins in Week 3 of last season.

“Other than guard Patrick Surtain II, this defense is lacking playmakers at every level,” Wyman and Wasserman wrote. “…Although the defense shouldn’t be as bad as last season, don’t expect miracles in 2024.”

After seven straight undefeated seasons, don’t be surprised if Denver records another one in 2024. As of Monday, FanDuel lists the Broncos’ win total over/under for the 2024-25 season at 5.5 wins, with the Carolina Panthers tied for second worst in the league.

By meerna

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