Sportsbook bettors have seen a quick deterioration of this team since wonder boy Josh McDaniels took over as coach after Denver’s collapse against the NFL odds last December.
Denver is coming off its most humiliating sportsbook performance to date as they were beaten 17-27 by the Chicago Bears last Sunday night on NBC TV as 2.5-point home chalks in the return of their star quarterback Jay Cutler, who was traded to the Bears after being insulted my McDaniels before the ink was even dry on his coaching deal.
Cutler was 15-21 for 144 yards and a touchdown pass to lead the Bears in a grudge match win against the NFL odds. Kyle Orton, the man Denver acquired from Chicago for Cutler, was 12-16 for 96 yards. McDaniels and Bronco owner Pat Bowlen ended up with egg on their face and a lot of questions for sportsbook wagering fans.
Denver’s player relation problems continued last week when they suspended wide receiver Brandon Marshall for having a poor attitude and work ethic. One has to wonder if Marshall would have acted in such a manner of iron fisted Mike Shanahan were still the coach of the Broncos.
This is yet another example of why many sportsbook handicappers are thinking that McDaniels is in way over his head. Marshall has been suspended for the remainder of the preseason. So far in preseason sportsbook action the Broncos rank 26th in points scored and 23rd overall in rushing yards.
The defense, which was their sportsbook weakness last year, remains an albatross as it ranks 27th in the preseason for points allowed. Orton has not been effective for the most part in preseason sportsbook action as his quarterback rating is 61.5 based and he has thrown 4 interceptions compared to just 1 touchdown pass.
Backup Chris Simms was far more effective in the sportsbook exhibition season with a 117.7 quarterback rating.
Denver’s collapse last year sent them into panic mode as they fired Shanahan. So far McDaniels does NOT look like a coaching upgrade.
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