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When the Denver Broncos' 2014 schedule was initially released, the two toughest games were easily thought to be at Seattle and at New England.

One down, one... to breeze through?

Perspectives have changed following Tom Brady and the Patriots' epic crashing-down-to-earth on Monday Night. CBS Denver lists the five toughest games remaining on the Broncos' schedule and puts Denver's Foxboro game as fifth on the list. San Diego's home game later in the year takes the top spot, while this week's tilt against the Cardinals comes in at a respectable #2.

Frankly, I think this list is ridiculously wrong - all of those road games are still going to be tough sledding for the Broncos, and while the Cardinals are good, the Cardinals are in Denver. What does your Toughest Remaining Games list look like?

Broncos vs. Cardinals

Denver Broncos have plenty of hills still to climb - ESPN
"The last three weren’t exactly cupcakes,’’ Broncos coach John Fox said this week when asked about what's coming on the docket. "I think when we looked at the schedule, six out of the first eight were playoff teams from a year ago and the team coming to town [this Sunday] somehow didn’t make the playoffs. Obviously it was the rules but they were 10-6, very, very good football team that’s sitting at 3-0.’’

Ron Jaworski savors play of Terrance Knighton - The Denver Post
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Arizona Cardinals hope disguises fool Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning - ESPN
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Broncos face tough choices in pass defense - Denver Broncos Blog - ESPN
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Arizona Cardinals 3-0 start: By The Numbers
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Mile High Sports | Murderer’s row schedule a good thing for Broncos
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Early impressions of the Cardinals
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Denver Broncos will allow Arizona Cardinals to avoid bye-week hangover - ESPN
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