- The Denver Broncos are listed at +5000 odds to win Super Bowl LV
- Von Miller’s ankle injury will likely keep him out for the entire 2020 season.
- The Broncos have +900 odds to win the AFC West division after Miller’s injury.
DENVER — The Denver Broncos took a major blow with the news of defensive lineman Von Miller tearing a tendon in his ankle, an injury that would likely sideline him for the entire 2020 season.
Miller has been one of the most disruptive pass rushers since he’s entered the NFL. With 106 sacks recorded in his career, Miller’s presence as a pass rusher off the edge will be missed.
The specific diagnosis for #Broncos star Von Miller is a dislocated peroneal tendon, per me & @MikeGarafolo. Essentially, the tendon flipped over the ankle bone. Best option is usually surgery, with a general recovery time of 5-6 months. Absolute best-case scenario is 3 months.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 9, 2020
The Injury to Miller might also affect his standing with the team as they could be looking to cut the three-time All-Pro for salary cap savings.
Denver’s defense will not be as stout without Von Miller. NFL Bettors and fantasy players should take note of this before the season begins. Miller’s injury will certainly affect the Broncos division and Super Bowl 55 odds.
The Broncos are a young team that is currently being built around second-year quarterback Drew Lock. Going into this season the team has given Lock more help on offense as they signed running back Melvin Gordon and drafted one of the best route runners in the 2020 NFL Draft in Jerry Jeudy.
Despite the additions on offense, the Broncos Super Bowl odds remain in the middle of the pack odds board at +5000. Broncos quarterback Drew Lock is still unproven and it currently takes a leap of faith investing in the young signal-caller this season.
Being in the AFC West, losing a pass rusher like Miller will hurt especially since Denver has to face the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs twice. Expect the Broncos SB55 odds to take a slight hit but for them to keep the third shortest odds in the AFC West.
Odds to Win the AFC West
- Kansas City Chiefs -450
- Los Angeles Chargers +850
- Denver Broncos +900
- Las Vegas Raiders +1200
Broncos Week 1 Betting
Where Denver’s odds will be affected the most is in their Week 1 game against the Tennessee Titans. The Titans are favored to beat the Broncos by 2.5-points at Bovada and not having Von Miller might sway bettors from taking Denver in this matchup.
Having Miller to contain the edge against Titans running back Derrick Henry would be a major difference-maker in this matchup. The Broncos being underdogs is expected since the Titans did make the AFC Championship game last year.
Although Von Miller won’t be on the field for the Broncos in 2020, they should still be a competitive team that can pull off an upset on any team. Losing Miller just made it harder for this team to make a legitimate playoff push.