- Super Bowl Championships: 3
- Last Super Bowl Championship: Super Bowl 50
- Claim to Fame: The Broncos have the best home winning percentage (72.1%) in the NFL since 1970 and the most total wins over three consecutive seasons (1996-98)
- Claim to Shame: Denver is tied with New England for the most Super Bowl losses (5)
Just like Rome, the Denver Broncos were not built in one day. For the Broncos franchise, it took 14 years to build a winning football team.
In spite of beating the Boston Patriots in the first ever American Football League game in 1960, and becoming the first AFL franchise to beat an NFL franchise in a 1967 preseason game, the Broncos early years were a major struggle.
It took 14 years for the team to record its first winning season, and 18 years to make their first playoff appearance. But those fans who stood by their team have been treated to a whole lot of success.
Since 1976, the Denver Broncos have only suffered through seven losing seasons. In that time, they have also appeared in eight Super Bowls, claiming three Lombardi Trophies.
Unfortunately, one of those losing seasons was 2017, when the Broncos only managed a measly five wins – they were 4-11-1 ATS (second-worst). The team has poor quarterback play and turnovers (second-most in NFL) to blame for their struggles.
Denver’s defense was still third in yards allowed per game, but were consistently being sent out on the field with their backs against the wall, resulting in their 22nd-ranking in points allowed.
To rectify the issues under center, GM John Elway signed free agent pivot Case Keenum, who led the Minnesota Vikings to the NFC Championship last season. Denver also traded for Jared Veldheer, who will aim to finally provide the team with a stable RT.
But the biggest haul for the Broncos this offseason came in the 2018 NFL Draft, when Bradley Chubb shockingly fell to them at no. 5. The NC State product will punish teams for double-teaming Von Miller on the opposite edge, and help Denver’s defense get back to a championship level.