Win-total predictions for Broncos in 2009: Take the under

The general consensus among Denver Broncos fans with whom I've spoken is that the team is going to suck like the world's largest Hoover in 2009. But plenty of Vegas types are considerably more optimistic. Right now, the line calls for the Broncos to chalk up seven wins in this season -- hard to imagine unless a kindly gypsy woman magically transforms Kyle Orton into John Elway circa the late '80s for at least half the games -- yet Bank the Book foresees a 7-9 mark anyway. And the prognosticators at Tonys Picks are even more optimistic, telling bettors to expect an 8-8 record. Yeah, sure.

At most other betting sites I visited, however, sanity prevails. Note that Cappers Picks sees the Broncos finishing in the below-seven-win range -- and according to Point-Spreads.com, the majority of wagerers agree. Call it the wisdom of the masses.

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