There is no doubt in my mind the Denver Broncos are a talented team.
But this year, we have a new offense and a new staff, but talent will not make up for the unforgiving schedule given to the Broncos.
Game One in Cincinnati. Easy enough, right?
Last year, the Broncos lost five games to teams that were at or below .500, although I see the Broncos starting off hot in 2009 and beating the Bengals, 21-14.
For the next game, the Broncos come home to play Cleveland.
Last year, the Broncos won a thriller in Cleveland in front of a national audience on Thursday Night Football. Although Cleveland is hungry for revenge and in the same position Denver is in with a new head coach and a quarterback battle. I see the Broncos coming out with a last-second field goal to beat the Browns, 17-14.
In Week Three, the Broncos go into the black hole the Raiders call home. This first rivalry game for the Broncos, in my mind, could be one of the hardest-hitting games for the Broncos, and I see them pulling a win out of the bag.
In Week Four, Dallas comes to town.
Dallas is a struggling organization with the loss of its star receiver in Terrell Owens. Many of you will call me optimistic, but I see the Broncos starting off 4-0 and beating the Cowboys, 31-28.
In the next game, New England comes to town to have a reunion with Josh McDaniels and Jabbar Gaffney.
Many Broncos fans are still recovering from the manslaughter New England gave us in front of Monday Night Football's staff. So while Broncos will no doubt be hungry for revenge, I see the Pats beating the Broncos at home, 28-21.
In Week Six: San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium.
Need i say more?
The Broncos remember vividly what happened last year when they got slaughtered, 52-21. I pick the Chargers to beat the Broncos, 35-21.
Week Seven: Bye Week.
Week Eight is at Baltimore.
The Ravens have always had the Broncos' number, but I think this season will be different. I think the Broncos come out of their two-game slump and beat the Ravens in a defensive game, 17-14.
In Week Nine, the defending Super Bowl Champions come to town.
The Broncos haven't played well at home against the Steelers since Jake the Mistake in the AFC Championship.
I can see the Broncos, confident with a win from Baltimore, come in and take one against the Steelers.
The next weekend we take a visit to Redskinsville.
The Redskins haven't had great few seasons, and with a bad draft, I see the Broncos blowing out the 'Skins, 35-14.
Week 11 sees San Diego again, and this time they are coming to Invesco at Mile High.
The Broncos are ready to put San Diego in their place (isn't every Bronco fan?), and the Broncos come in and take this game in overtime, 38-32.
This is a new Giants team, but with no Amani Toomer or Plaxico Burress, Manning is left without his favorite targets in a very loud stadium.
I see the Broncos showing up and taking them down, 21-20.
The Broncos travel to the Sea of Red and history does not point to Denver. The Broncos lost last season to Kansas City, giving the Broncos their first loss.
This season, it's a different story because the coaching staff has no history there. Broncos, 14-7.
The week after, the Broncos go to Indianapolis and play the other Manning brother.
Even with a new head coach and the loss of their star wideout, I still see the Colts handling the Broncos with a 21-7 win.
The Broncos then come back home against their division rivals in the Oakland Raiders.
The Broncos mean business and would like to win at home, so I see them battling it out and taking a win, 14-7.
The Broncos then go to Philly to play the Eagles.
And with a Brian Dawkins homecoming, the Broncos lose it in overtime, 24-21.
In the last game of the season, the Chiefs play in Denver.
The Broncos may need this win to advance, and I look for them to follow their leaders and beat the Chiefs, 28-21.
Therefore, the Broncos play well with their backs against the wall, and I see them being AFC West Champions.