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2015 NFL schedule predictions: Denver Broncos to finish season 13-3

What a cupcake of a schedule. Not even a tilt against the defending deflated world champions should give the Broncos problems. Through these orange and blue tinted glasses, it's 19-0 till we ain't!

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Opening Weekend

The Broncos will open up at home (for the 5th consecutive season) against the Baltimore Ravens. Instead of the bright lights of primetime, the Broncos will meet Baltimore in CBS's nationally televised afternoon game at 2:25 PM MDT. The Broncos and Ravens have built quite a rivalry the past couple of years and figure to be two teams in the hunt for AFC Supremacy. To sweeten the pot, former Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak will now be calling the shots on the Denver sideline as headcoach.

Primetime Love

The Broncos will be featured in 5 prime time games with the first coming on Thursday Night Football against Kansas City @ Arrowhead Stadium in Week 2. This will be on a short week after opening the season on Sunday. Ten days later, the Broncos will travel to Detroit for a go on Sunday Night Football.  In what could be the final meeting between Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers, the Broncos will host the Packers on Sunday Night Football on November 1st. Right after Thanksgiving, the Patriots will come to town fresh off their latest cheating scandal to play the Broncos a Mile High.  Finally, the Broncos will host the Bengals on Monday Night Football in week 16.

Two road prime time games: KC, DET

Three home prime time games: GB, NE, CIN

Best Stretch

Week 1-7 will see the Broncos get half of their road slate out of the way as well as that dreaded short turnaround for Thursday night football. Their toughest games (Baltimore, Kansas City) will occur early in the schedule with all teams looking to forge their identities.

Week 14-17 will see the Broncos play three out of four at home with only one road game in a potentially frigid climate at Pittsburgh.

Worst Stretch

From week 8 to week 12, the Broncos will face off against three of the best teams in the league (GB, @Indy, NE). Luckily two of those games will be at home and the Broncos will have an extra week to prepare for Green Bay off the bye.

Loved it

I love ending the season against the Chargers rather than another laugher against Oakland. Kansas City might be a more complete team this year, but as long as the Chargers have Rivers, there will be a battle.

Hated it

Two early morning games (Cleveland, and Chicago) look to wreak havoc on Bronco Mike's weekend sleep schedule.

Cold Weather

Other than what Mother Nature has in store for the Rocky Mountains, the Broncos and Peyton Manning need only worry about a week 15 trip to Pittsburgh.

Must see, can't miss games!

Baltimore Week 1

Green Bay Week 8

@Indianapolis Week 9

@Chicago Week 10 (John Fox sucks)

New England Week 11

@Pittsburgh Week 15

The Broncos will be playing teams that are potential playoff match-ups during the season.

My Prediction

Week 1: Baltimore, Win

Week 2: @KC, Loss

Week 3: @Detriot, Win

Week 4: Minnesota, Win

Week 5: @Oak, Win

Week 6: @Cle, Win

Week 7: BYE

Week 8: GB, Loss

Week 9: @Indy, Win

Week 10: KC, Win

Week 11: @Chi, Win

Week 12: NE, Win

Week 13: @SD, Loss

Week 14: Oak, Win

Week 15: @PIT, Win

Week 16: CIN, Win

Week 17: SD, Win

Total: 13-3, 4-2 Division,10-2 AFC, 1st AFC West, #1 Seed AFC