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Report: Broncos schedule will get released Thursday

Will Denver open at home or on the road? The odds are on the Broncos doing so on the road for the first time since 2010.

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Good morning, Broncos Country!

The opponents for the Denver Broncos in 2017 are known. We know who they’ll play at home and on the road. What’s left is time and dates.

According to Detroit Lions president Rod Wood, the NFL will announce the 2017 schedule on Thursday. Wood made the announcement last week when his team unveiled its new uniforms. There has been no confirmation from the NFL as of publishing. From the ESPN story:

After showing off the uniforms, Wood was asked what's next on his agenda.

"I don't have anything else other than getting this renovation done," Wood said. "That's the thing I got to focus on getting done before the season starts.

"The schedule coming out next Thursday will be a focus, too."

So will the Broncos open at home or on the road? Since Denver finished third in the AFC West with a 9-7 record, and no longer the defending Super Bowl champs, I would put the odds on the team opening on the road. If that happens, it would be the first time the Broncos will open the season on the road since 2010 when they played the Jacksonville Jaguars. Denver lost that game 24-17.

Since the year 2000, the Broncos have started their season at home nine times and on the road eight. Their record in those games is a stark contrast. In other words, Denver fares much better when it opens at the confines of Mile High Stadium.

In those nine home openers, the Broncos are 8-1. In the eight road openers, they’re an OK 3-5. If I’m right and Denver opens the 2017 schedule on the road, it will have to buck the trend of starting 0-1.

As for who the Broncos will play in that road opener, when you look at the potential opponents, I would say either Kansas City or Oakland. Here’s who Denver plays in 2017.

Home: Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, Los Angeles Chargers, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Cincinnati Bengals

Away: Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, Los Angeles Chargers, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Indianapolis Colts

What do you think, Broncos Country: Will the Broncos open at home or on the road, and who will they play?

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