Klee’s Scorecard: Detroit Lions at Broncos
If it feels like this has been a historically bad Broncos offense, well, trust your gut. The Broncos are on pace for 273 points this season. That would be their fewest points since 1992, a performance so dismal Dan Reeves was fired after the season. Yikes.
Here’s a theory to store away for future reference — say, when free agency rolls around: Chris Harris Jr.’s substandard season could be the reason he re-signs with the Broncos. His price tag has dipped, no doubt. Now the Broncos can afford him.
As New Year’s Day approaches, here’s the annual reminder that NFL special teams are overrated: the Bengals, Jets and Redskins rank among the top five in special teams, according to the excellent Football Outsiders. They combine for nine wins — total.
Vic Fangio’s not a hockey guy. We couldn’t drag him to see Bryan Yoon school fools for Colorado College. But maybe the Broncos should study up on recent hockey history: the move that built this Avs powerhouse was trading star Matt Duchene. Is Von Miller next?
Closing with wins against the Lions and Raiders is a good idea for ticket sales and Broncos Country morale. That’s about it. Hate to say it, but keeping a top-10 draft pick is far more valuable in the long run. Regardless, here come the Lions. Broncos in a no-doubter.
Klee’s pick: Broncos (minus-7) 26, Lions 18 (Record: 7-7 overall, 7-7 ATS)