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Paul Klee's report card and prediction for Broncos at Bills

By: Paul Klee
September 23, 2017 Updated: September 23, 2017 at 4:30 pm
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Buffalo Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins is tackled by Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib during the second half in an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)

Offense

It's not all blueberries and sunshine at Dove Valley. The Broncos whiffed on one position: fullback. Why have one? As I wrote back on Aug. 26, Andy Janovich's spot should've been used elsewhere, perhaps on another offensive tackle.

Advantage: Broncos

Defense

The Bills must get their points from an unusual source, either a punt return, pick-6 or strip-sack of Trevor Siemian. Rick Dennison's offense can't pass (27th in the NFL) or run (LeSean McCoy: 8 yards in Week 2). A-plus matchup for Denver's 'D.'

Advantage: Broncos

Special teams

Dating to last season, Brandon McManus has missed a field goal in three straight games. That should be a consideration for the Broncos, who opted for a long field goal instead of going for the first down on 4th-and-2 against the Cowboys.

Advantage: Bills

Coaching

Vance Joseph is settling in as head coach. You can see it in media sessions, where he's more comfortable; in dealings with refs, where his mentorship under even-keeled Gary Kubiak is evident; in the locker room, where the Broncos believe.

Advantage: Broncos

Intangibles

John Elway and the Broncos front office built a fierce roster. I'd want those guys choosing my players everywhere except quarterback. Add to the list of QBs they liked (but can't play): Tyrod Taylor. Bills fans are calling for the hook.

Advantage: Broncos

Klee's prediction: Broncos (-3) 20, Bills 6 (Overall record: 2-0, ATS record: 2-0)

Spread offense

Gazette columnist Paul Klee gives his best plays for Week 3:

1. Steelers (-7) at Bears

The only thing that could keep this one close is Lake Michigan weather. Sunday's forecast at Soldier Field: 86 degrees and bright sunshine. Time for Le'Veon Bell to escape the fantasy gutter.

2. Broncos (-3) at Bills

Our ATS record took a hit in Week 2 when Sam Bradford was a late scratch for the Vikings. Time to come out firing: If Denver protects Trevor Siemian, this is a two- or three-touchdown Broncos win.

3. Patriots (-13) vs. Texans

Tom Brady has a new book: "The TB12 Method." In it, the Patriots QB explains OK foods (artichokes) and not OK foods (tomatoes) to achieve peak performance. For only $17.99, you, too, can eat like Tom.

-Season ATS record: 1-2

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