5 Denver Broncos games we’re most excited for as NFL schedule is released

Denver Broncos quarterback Drew Lock (3) prepares to pass the ball in the first quarter against the Detroit Lions at Empower Field at Mile High.
Denver Broncos quarterback Drew Lock (3) prepares to pass the ball in the first quarter against the Detroit Lions at Empower Field at Mile High. Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL schedule was released Thursday night, which means we now finally know when the Broncos will be playing some of their most pivotal matchups, and how many of those games will be on primetime.

Here are the five best matchups on Denver’s docket, and in case you’re feeling nostalgic, the team’s full schedule in the style of Full House’s intro is below, with cameos from the Broncos’ biggest stars.

Week 3: Sunday, Sept. 27 at 2:25 p.m. MT. Buccaneers @ Broncos:

What more could you want from a game? You’ve got Tom Brady, with his new team, which should post a top-five offense in 2020, traveling to Mile High to face the Broncos and what should be a top-five defense. Then, for the undercard, you have one of the most exciting, young defenses led by Devin White matched up against one of the most exciting, young offenses led by Drew Lock. Who else can’t wait?

Week 11: Sunday, Nov. 22 at 2:25 p.m. MT. Chargers @ Broncos:

There is still a sizable gap between the Chiefs and everyone else in the AFC West, but the race for second place is sure to be an exciting one. The Broncos-Chargers rivalry also had a little extra spice added to it this offseason when Melvin Gordon signed with the Broncos and Chris Harris Jr. had a less-than-harmonious departure from Denver. The Bolts’ talented defense should also serve as a good litmus test for Denver’s explosive new-look offense. The sparks are sure to fly.

Week 10: Sunday, Nov. 10 at 2:25 p.m. MT. Broncos @ Raiders:

Any Broncos-Raiders rivalry game is worthy of a spot on this list, but when you factor in the new stadium and the heated race for second in the AFC West, this game becomes a no-brainer. The Broncos got the last laugh on the Oakland Raiders when Shelby Harris’ deflected a pass on their 2-point conversion attempt to give Denver a walk-off win and guarantee their rivals would leave the bay area as losers. Come November, the Broncos will have the opportunity to get the first laugh against the Las Vegas Raiders.

Week 1: Monday, Sept. 14 at 6:20 p.m. MT. Titans @ Broncos:

The race for second place in the AFC West is sure to be a high-scoring, exciting one, but the battle to secure one of the AFC’s three wildcard slots might be even better. The Titans, Colts, Texans, Browns, Steelers, Raiders, Chargers and Broncos all have strong rosters that are on the upswing, and outside of the aforementioned divisional teams, Denver will only get the chance to host the Titans. Plus, there’s also the added element of a Jurrell Casey revenge game to look forward to.

Week 13: Sunday, Dec. 6 at 6:20 p.m. MT. Broncos @ Chiefs

This offseason the Broncos had one goal that became apparent to the rest of the league as the spring wore on: Beat the Chiefs at their own game. We won’t know how much progress Denver made towards that goal until Week 7, when the two teams meet for the first time, but Week 13 is the bigger matchup. In front of a national audience, on Sunday Night Football and at Arrowhead Stadium, the Broncos could announce their arrival to the rest of the league, or look in an entirely lower class than the Chiefs. It’s sure to be one of their most pivotal games in terms of perception outside the Mile High City is concerned.

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