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The Denver Broncos will be home underdogs to the Tennessee Titans in Week 1. This team will have to prove their doubters wrong in 2020.
The Denver Broncos will open the 2020 season as 1-point home underdogs to the Tennessee Titans on Monday Night Football in Week 1. These same two teams met in Week 6 of last season and Denver shutout the Titans 16-0. Both teams have new quarterbacks now, so what happened last year doesn’t matter this year.
Monday Night Football is exactly one week away.
PIT (-5) at NYG – 7:15 PM ET
TEN (-1) at DEN – 10:10 PM ET pic.twitter.com/yPhg2Jx1tv
— SportsBetting.com (@WeSportsBetting) September 7, 2020
Sports betting in Colorado is legal now, so you could theoretically put some money down on this line if you think the Broncos will win. There are other Broncos odds to consider too. Here are the full betting lines for the Broncos-Titans game on Monday.
Titans at Broncos betting odds
Tennessee Titans (0-0) at Denver Broncos (0-0)
Monday, September 14 at 8:10 P.M. Mile High Time
Empower Field at Mile High Stadium, Denver, CO.
ATS Betting Lines: Tennessee Titans -1
Moneyline Odds: Tennessee -110 / Denver -106
Now if you think the Broncos being 1-point underdogs at home means they are actually 4-point dogs due to the 3-point gift for being at home, you would be wrong. With no fans in the stands, oddsmakers are taking away the traditional spread advantage for home teams. The oddsmaker interviewed in that post said they would cut the homefield advantage in half with no fans, so if it were 3-points then it would be 1.5 for this game.
It has already been confirmed that Denver will have no fans in the stadium for Week 1 and will likely be below 15,000 fans for their Week 3 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This is all part of the Broncos announcement on August 21st that they would be committed to reopening the stadium the right way.
“Working in collaboration with the state and with safety as the top priority, we have made the decision that our home opener against Tennessee at Empower Field at Mile High will be played without fans,” the team said in a statement. “We are grateful for the loyalty and enthusiasm that Broncos fans have shown this year—despite such challenging circumstances—but this is the responsible thing to do right now for our community.
“Our organization remains hopeful that we can host a limited number of fans on a gradually increasing basis beginning early this season. Taking a careful, measured approach with attendance will allow us to evaluate and adjust all COVID-19 safety enhancements before moving forward.
“We will continue to work closely and in collaboration with the state to determine the next steps, ensuring we are doing our part to protect the health of our fans and community.”
If all goes well, we could see the Broncos have their stadium at more full capacity by late in the season. For now, however, we’re going to have to see how it goes and many oddsmakers believe those empty stadiums will level out the playing field between teams.