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Does Russell Wilson make the Broncos Super Bowl favorites?

Written by LALiebl

After years of uncertainty and poor quarterback play following the retirement of Peyton Manning, the Broncos finally have a quarterback worth mentioning. Earlier today, the Broncos traded for Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson.

We can debate the return for Russ all we want. At the end of the day the Broncos needed to make a move for a top tier quarterback, and after more than a year being tied to Aaron Rodgers, they ended up with Wilson. You make a trade like this not only to get better, but to make it to a Super Bowl. So after making this trade (and assuming all of the included players pass their physicals), does it make the Broncos Super Bowl favorites?

The answer is a lot closer to “yes” than “no.”

Denver is in the AFC West — a division that’s been dominated by Patrick Mahomes, Jackson Mahome’s cringey TikTok dances, and the Chiefs. Dating back to 2015, the Chiefs have beaten the Broncos 13 times in a row. That streak is in jeopardy with Wilson now on the Broncos. The last time Wilson faced off against the Chiefs and Mahomes he won and outdueled Mahomes en route to throwing for 270 yards and three touchdowns. But that was in 2018, and the last two season have not been kind to Wilson and the Seahawks.

With a new coach in Nathaniel Hackett, and Wilson will have to lead a young but talented Denver offense — that’s been anchored by a sturdy Denver defense cursed with the worst special teams play I’ve ever seen — past the perennial Super Bowl contender Chiefs and almost equally as tough Chargers (just forget the Raiders).

Even though he isn’t throwing to DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett, Wilson now gets a trio of talented wide receivers in Jerry Jeudy, Cortland Sutton and Tim Patrick. Add in the emerging TE Okwuegbunam, a decent offensive line, and perhaps the best rookie running back from 2021, Javonte Williams, and this is possibly the most talented offense that Wilson has ever played in.

4,000 yards and 30 touchdowns is completely possible for Wilson this season. If he can produce that combined with a defense that boasts Justin Simmons, Patrick Surtain II, Dre’Mont Jones and Bradley Chubb (with Von Miller expressing his desire to return to Denver), the Broncos are going to be really hard to beat.

With the players in place in Denver, before further roster additions and the NFL Draft which still has Denver picking three times in the first three rounds, Russell Wilson makes this team infinitely better and a Super Bowl contender.

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