While it is too early to do a week by week breakdown of the 2018 schedule with roster still in flux, I do have a few initial takeaways:
- 3 prime-time games – MNF v Kansas City, TNF @ Arizona, MNF @ Oakland. There are 10 teams this year that have 5 prime-time games or more, however the Broncos are not one of them.
- 1 Saturday game vs…the Browns? While it’s not prime-time, the Broncos v Browns matchup is only 1 of 2 games scheduled on a Saturday this season.
- No Patriots game. With only a few prime-time games, no more Manning, and back-to-back disappointing seasons for the Broncos, I am sure the NFL wasn’t looking forward to a late season Brady v Broncos blowout. It is a bit of a let down seeing as this is always one of the best games of the year along side the AFC west rivalry games against the Chiefs and Raiders.
- The Broncos don’t play a single team this year coming off a bye-week. Compared to the other 3 teams in the AFC West, this schedule seems to be the easiest of the 4 which could help the team make a late season playoff push…with that said…
- 3 of the last 5 games in the regular season are on the road and against teams possibly competing for a playoff spot. Matchups against the 49ers (away), Raiders (away), and the season finale against the Chargers (home) could be a tough challenge for the Broncos if they are in contention for a final postseason spot in the AFC.
I don’t want to make any predictions yet as to which games the Broncos will win and lose considering we don’t know yet what will happen with the NFL draft, trades, additional free agent signings, roster cuts, and potential injuries in training camp/pre-season. I will say that this though, it does seem an easier path to the playoffs then the last two years and I am absolutely excited for the season to begin.