Coming into the 2022 season, there was a lot of discussion about how great the AFC West division was going to be. Through 10 weeks, only the Kansas City Chiefs have really lived up to expectations as the rest of the division has fallen on tougher times. Arguably the most disappointing team in the division has been the Denver Broncos.
Denver made a blockbuster trade in the offseason acquiring quarterback Russell Wilson from the Seattle Seahawks but that move has not panned out as well as the team had hoped it would.
Wilson was expected to help elevate the team’s offense to new heights, something they have struggled to do since Peyton Manning rode off into the sunset of retirement. There are a ton of weapons on this roster but they have lacked a quarterback to bring it all together. Unfortunately, Wilson has not helped in that regard at all.
Denver’s offense has been a mess the entire season as Wilson has struggled to adapt to the new schemes being run by head coach Nathaniel Hackett. Hackett came to the Mile High City after being the offensive coordinator for the Green Bay Packers but looks to be in way over his head as a head coach.
That has led to some downright putrid performances offensively as this unit has just not clicked. Things could actually be worse for the Broncos this season had their defense not performed as well as it has.
According to CBS Sports, the Broncos’ defense is on the total opposite end of the spectrum from the offense. While Denver has the worst scoring offense in the league, averaging only 14.6 points per game, they have the best scoring defense in the NFL, giving up only 16.6 points per game.
Even with the stingiest defense in the league, the Broncos are 3-6. Had they scored just 18 points per game, which would still put them in 28th place in the NFL, they would be 8-1 on the season.
That is certainly a tough pill to swallow given the moves that ownership made in the offseason. The biggest ones, the head coach and quarterback, all leaned toward the offensive side of the ball yet that is the unit currently holding the team back.