Props To Consider As Denver Broncos Open Season Without Fans At Mile High

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In the weeks leading up to the start of the NFL regular season, the Denver Broncos’ corporate partnership team engaged in a dealmaking frenzy while securing three sponsorship agreements with Colorado sportsbook operators – BetMGM, Betfred and FanDuel.

On Monday night, the sportsbooks plan to unveil their respective sports betting lounges outside of Empower Field at Mile High Stadium for the Broncos’ season opener vs. the Tennessee Titans. For now, the lounges will remain empty — at least for a few weeks. Although the Broncos will not allow fans inside the venue for the primetime opener on Monday Night Football, the team announced plans to hold games with a limited number of fans beginning in Week 3 in a cross-conference matchup vs. Tampa Bay.

Despite the loss of one of the league’s top homefield advantages on Monday, SuperBook USA  Executive Vice President of Operations Jay Kornegay isn’t placing much stock on the lack of crowd noise. The league’s most intimidating stadiums provide an advantage of 1.5 points to 2.0 points at the most, Kornegay told CoBets.com.

The loss of Super Bowl 50 MVP Von Miller has caused the line to swing dramatically. The Broncos opened as a consensus 2-point favorite over Tennessee, a line that had moved to Titans -3, as of noon MT on Monday. Miller, an eight-time Pro Bowl linebacker, underwent surgery Sept. 11 after suffering a possible season-ending ankle injury earlier in the week.

Here are several weekly and season-long props to consider ahead of Monday night’s matchup against the Titans.

Broncos’ season win totals

The loss of Miller may put a serious dent into the Broncos’ playoff aspirations. While Miller is expected to miss the season with a dislocated peroneal tendon, there is a possibility he could return in December with a quick recovery. The recovery period from the injury can typically last around five-six months.

As a result, the Broncos are largely expected to win somewhere in the range of six-nine games. At BetMGM, the total is 7.5 with some juice on the under at -115. If you think the Broncos will finish with four wins or fewer, a prop from BetMGM offers odds of +1100. Since it is more likely that Denver will finish with five-eight wins, the payout there is +225. The sportsbook also gives bettors the opportunity to predict the exact number of wins the Broncos will have during the regular season.

  • No wins — +15000
  • Exactly 2 wins — +600
  • Exactly 4 wins — +1200
  • Exactly 6 wins — +350
  • Exactly 7 wins — +275
  • Exactly 8 wins — +290
  • Exactly 9 wins — +400
  • Exactly 10 wins — +750
  • Exactly 15 wins — +17500
  • Exactly 16 wins — +25000

At DraftKings, meanwhile, bettors are more bullish on the Broncos. As of Sept. 10, more than 95% of the bets on the Broncos to make the playoffs were placed on the “Yes” option (odds of +200). The Broncos (+1100) also represented about 32% of the handle on the team to win the AFC West, placing second behind the Chiefs at 48%.

Dialing up the Lock-to-Jeudy connection

The Broncos could be without two top receivers on Monday, as Denver listed both Courtland Sutton (shoulder) and rookie KJ Hamler (hamstring) as questionable on the final weekly injury report. Sutton, the Broncos’ leading wideout in 2019 with 1,112 receiving yards, is recovering from a sprained AC joint. Even if Sutton is healthy enough to play on Monday night, rookie receiver Jerry Jeudy figures to be an integral part of the Broncos’ offense.

Jeudy, a first-round pick from Alabama, fills a void for the Broncos at receiver after the midseason departure of Emmanuel Sanders at the trade deadline. Jeudy has odds of -134 at DraftKings to record Over 36.5 receiving yards against the Titans. Jeudy’s season total for receiving yards is 750.5.

Denver will have one of the youngest quarterback-wide receiver duos in the league. Drew Lock, a second-year quarterback from Missouri, inherits the position after starting the team’s final five games last season. Lock threw for 1,020 yards in the five starts, while completing 64.1% of his passes. He also tossed seven touchdowns on the season, with only three interceptions.

There are several Lock props from DraftKings to monitor this season.

  • Passing Yards: Over/Under 3,550.5 yards
  • Touchdowns: Over/Under 21.5 touchdowns
  • Interceptions: Over/Under 10.5 interceptions

FanDuel offers make-your-own parlay

An upset by the Broncos over the Titans on Monday night could result in a large payday for some locals. An innovative feature at FanDuel allows customers to design their own same-game parlay. The following parlay will pay more than $1,200 on a $100 wager.

  • Broncos -6.5 (alternate line)
  • Over 40.5 points
  • Jeudy over 39.5 receiving yards

Anther special at BetMGM is increased odds on Broncos running back Melvin Gordon to record at least 60 rushing yards on Monday night (currently at +300, up from +250). The attractive odds on Broncos’ offerings in Colorado reflects a willingness by many sportsbooks to cater to bettors in the competitive marketplace.

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Matt is a veteran writer with a specific focus on the emerging sports gambling market. During Matt's two decade career in journalism, he has written for the New York Times, Forbes, The Guardian, Reuters and CBSSports.com among others. In his spare time, Matt is an avid reader, a weekend tennis player and a frequent embarrassment to the sport of running.

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