The Denver Broncos’ point parade will face a major challenge this weekend with a visit to Buffalo. The Broncos have scored 66 points through two games, with quarterback Trevor Siemian one of the league’s most pleasant surprises to date. The Bills haven’t had nearly the same success with the football, but still, rock one of the most vaunted defenses in the league – and could make things miserable for Siemian and the rest of the Denver offense.
Denver Broncos vs. Buffalo Bills
Point spread: Bills +3 Date: Sunday, September 24,1 p.m. ET Location: New Era Field, Buffalo, NY
Point Spread and Betting Analysis
Oddsmakers are respecting the Bills’ defensive prowess by only giving them a field goal; that’s an interesting line, considering that Buffalo has scored 42 fewer points than their Sunday opponents. That said, this is Denver’s first road game of the season, and the Broncos still gave up 38 points in wins over San Diego and Dallas – so if you believe the Bills can take advantage of Denver’s two-time-zone trip, you’ll get -150 from Sports Interaction on the Buffalo moneyline.
If you do go that route, you’ll be in the overwhelming minority. A whopping 90 percent of Sports Interaction voters side with Denver -3 – and if you believe in the Broncos’ offense and/or the Bills’ struggles with the football, giving up a few more points might be in your best interest; you’ll get +117 if you roll with Denver -6.5. The total sits at 40.5, with 57 percent of Sports Interaction voters leaning toward the under.
For all the talk about the Broncos needing a fix at quarterback during the offseason, it turns out the solution might have been on their roster. Siemian has shredded the Chargers and Cowboys defense to the tune of six touchdown passes while completing a healthy 65 percent of his passes. Denver’s defense should be able to negate the Bills’ top offensive weapon in running back LeSean McCoy, having allowed just 104 rushing yards on 36 carries to date.
Siemian will face a stiff challenge from a Bills pass rush that has impressed in the early going, registering seven sacks and forcing a pair of interceptions. Buffalo has a top-10 pass defense unit to go along with a run defense that has allowed the fifth-fewest yards on the ground. Offensively, it’s a different story; the Bills rank 22nd in total yards, and while McCoy leads the team in rushing (119 yards), he is averaging just 3.5 yards per carry.
Broncos vs. Bills Prediction
Broncos 27, Bills 17