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The Broncos are four seasons removed from their last playoff appearance — a memorable one when they won Super Bowl 50. So with a new year featuring a new head coach and a new starting quarterback, can Denver climb back into playoff contention?

The answer is yes, if you’re to believe CBS Sports’ Will Brinson, who predicts the Broncos are poised for a return to the postseason.

On the Broncos O-line:
“There’s talent on this offensive line, with Ronald Leary, Garrett Bolles, Ju’Waun James and rookie Dalton Risner currently lining up to start. I’m buying a lot of shares of Royce Freeman this offseason, while Lindsay could still bounce back and Theo Riddick could be a sneaky addition.”

On the addition of Flacco:
“You’ll laugh, but Flacco was GOOD last year before he got hurt. Lamar Jackson’s emergence made him expendable, but I think he fits well with this Rich Scangarello offense.”

On the Broncos’ defense:
“Von Miller and Bradley Chubb are superstars. Chris Harris got some money, but he’s underrated and underpaid. Justin Simmons is emerging. Fangio turned the Bears into the best defense in football. There’s no reason he can’t do it with this team too.”

The Broncos have 4-to-1 odds to make the playoffs, according to online oddsmaker Bovada. They’re also 1/6 to miss the posteason.

The other teams on Brinson’s list include the Bills, Panthers, Steelers and Vikings. Read the predictions at cbssports.com.

Joe Nguyen, The Denver Post



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