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