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Published on 09/10/2010 at Fri Sep 10 07:38.
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I’ve been known to be pretty good at predicting a thing or two when it comes to the Denver Broncos and football (the trade for John Elway; Super Bowls: XXI, XXII, XXIV, XXXII, XXXIII; the Mike Shanahan Era; Rod Smith; Champ Bailey and Janet Jackson Gate). What I’ve recently become terrible at predicting is the Broncos overall record since 2009 (13-3), I’ve been terrible at it (2010, 12-4). Last year I looked like a genius, up until the loss to the Washington Redskins.

So, I won’t be doing that this season (11-5); instead I will be predicting week-to-week. You may see contributions for the other posters on this blog, you may not. Either way, we look forward to your predictions in the comments and whoever predicts the most games correctly will have a song composed by BroncoTalk’s own Kyle Montgomery produced by Josh Temple dedicated in your honor (tentatively titled ‘You Don’t Know Me (KnoMo)’).

Ian’s Prediction:

Maurice Jones-Drew says that he’s not hurt, well I am. Matter of fact, I’ve come back hurt four of the seven times that Denver has played Jacksonville in the regular season. I came back really hurt at the end of the 1996 season (Mike Shanahan’s first season as coach) and the Broncos looked to have a legitimate shot at the Super Bowl yet lost to the Jaguars in the divisional round. Hurt or not Jones-Drew may be better off than 80% of the Broncos offense; the team won’t be playing hurt, they’re playing crippled. Kyle Orton, Brandon Lloyd, Eddie Royal and two rookie offensive linemen- J.D. Walton and Zane Beadles are the only members of the offense that have missed no or minimal time due to injury on the Broncos’ offenses starting roster.

The Ryan Clady/Aaron Kampman match-up has been covered and though I see it as an important battle, I think the most important match-up this game will be that which the Broncos’ defensive front seven will face. David Garrard isn’t the best quarterback in the AFC, but he is good and the type of quarterback which gave the Denver defense fits all preseason. Garrard can run and pass and Jacksonville has re-uped their offense this off-season. The Broncos will see and know exactly where the brand new outside linebacking duo of Robert Ayers and Jason Hunter stand.

My prediction, Denver fans haven’t seen anything yet; Ayers and Hunter will reign down on the outside with brutal force and the trio of Jamal Williams, Ryan McBean and Justin Bannan will show fans something they haven’t seen in a long time– a Broncos defensive line. On the opposite end Knowshon Moreno should make his debut and Denver fans will get to see what everyone was talking about in regards to Moreno throughout organized team activities. Moreno and Correl Buckhalter should be even better than they were in 2009; put that together with the fact what Orton demonstrated in the preseason (touchdowns on 7 of 14 possessions), I think the Broncos may be just a bit better than experts may be predicting.

Broncos win 28-10

  • Aunt Kate

    Lackluster preseason was true genius by just showing half a loaf. Boring mostly with very few flashes of what's to come. I'm waiting for the big bread basket to be delivered in Jacksonville. Broncos win big with big surprises from both sides of ball. I'd watch if I were you.

  • areferee

    Nice job I-Man. Very upbeat and informative. I hope Tebow's presence brings us home field advantage, along with the results you have predicted. Let the games begin. Just remember, the true test of fan loyalty is during adversity.

  • Guestington

    You predicted the Mike Shanahan Era? What does that even mean?

  • Guestington

    And Superbowl XI?

  • Badimo

    I'm looking into the crystal ball and I see…

    Broncos lose a very boring game (16-7) and the public goes wild calling for Josh's head. There are 5 articles posted on during the week slamming Josh's decisions over the last 2 years. Brandon Marshall and Jay Cutler are mentioned within these articles a combined 9 times.

  • Greyfolk

    I will be in Jax for game. My main concern is our O line. Will Tebow see any action?

  • Darwin

    Broncos win the game but should be low scoring. Look at the Vikings and Saints! Put Denver and Jacksonville together and they don't match up offensively to either one of those teams.
    I like Denver's DB's to thoroughly baffle Garrard. He is not Peyton Manning when it comes to reading defenses and the Broncos are going to throw the kitchen sink at him with blitz packages and disguised coverages.
    I can't wait to see what the Broncos do offensively. Look for Gaffney and Decker to have big games going outside and inside.
    Go Broncos!!!

  • MeOMy

    While reserving the right to change some of these picks as they come up here is my prediction for the year.

    Jacksonville 10 Denver 27 (Moreno first 100 yard game)

    Denver 24 Seattle 3 ( not even close!)

    Denver 20 Indy 25 ( Denver has a 20 to 18 lead going into the final 2 minutes)

    Tenn. 16 Denver 24 ( Denver scores early forcing them to pass and hold Johnson to a single TD on a 60 yard run)

    Baltimore 21 Denver 12 ( this is just going to be another ugly game for Denver )

    Denver 10 Jets 9 (Defensive TD only for Denver)

    Denver 34 Raiders 10 ( with cabal as coach Raiders aren't going anywhere )

    San Fran 20 Denver 27 ( Close game until the 4th quarter )

    Denver 17 KC 31 ( Just plain sloppy play after the bye week )

    SD 37 Denver 20 ( They have to loose to SD big at least once )

    Denver 19 St Louis 27 ( St Louis… The surprise playoff team this year )

    KC 6 Denver 38 ( After starting 6-5, going on a 3 game loosing streak, sitting 3rd in the division and relegated to 24th on the power rankings by the idiots over at ESPN the Broncos begin their march to the division title)

    Arizona 9 Denver 28 (Only up to 20th on ESPN's power ranking )

    Oakland 21 Denver 20 ( New Coach in Oakland gets the win over Denver. )

    Denver 27 Huston 26 ( Move up to 18th on ESPN's power ranking)

    Denver 30 SD 23 ( 9-6, 18th on ESPN's power ranking Denver team faces a 9-6, 12th on ESPN's power ranking SD team with the winner taking the division!)

    Denver 10-6

    SD 9-7

    KC 9-7

    Raiders 6-10 ( 4 of the wins coming with their new coach)

  • herc_rock

    And Champ Bailey!

  • areferee

    Let me take a wild stab at it:

    The “I” in Ian stands for “Irony” and

    The “S” in HenSon stands for “sarcasm”.


  • anthony33

    I have absolutely no idea what to expect on Sunday which is sad considering how closely I follow this team.

    Just hoping they put out a great effort start to finish.

  • Ian Henson

    It was sarcasm, sorry, I really tried to go too over the top to illustrate that. Thank you my friend for pointing it out.

  • Ian Henson

    The Denver media really has it out for the Denver Broncos. They were the same last season.

  • Ian Henson

    Think the Vikings'/Saints' game was low because of the defenses being so good, do you agree?

  • Ian Henson

    Like the ambition, how does Indianapolis get 25? Go for two, safety?

  • Ian Henson

    In the Shanahan era, I usually felt like a first game loss meant good things for the season… I can't gauge a McDaniels era just yet…

  • crazykid

    6 field goals, of coarse!

  • Ian Henson

    Haha, did you just invent a four point field goal or will Peyton Manning complain to the referees enough to get them to give the Colts and extra point attempt off of a field goal?

  • areferee

    Come on I-Man, do the math: 8 field goals and an extra point.

  • jdkchem

    “I came back really hurt at the end of the 1996 season (Mike Shanahan’s first season as coach)”

    That would have been Shanahan's 2nd season as head coach.

  • crazykid

    No, i meant they had 6 FG going into the last 2 min, like MeOMY predicted. Then they would lose