Denver Broncos 2012 Schedule
Sept. 9 Pittsburgh Steelers 8:20 p.m.
Sept. 17 at Atlanta Falcons (Mon.) 8:30 p.m.
Sept. 23 Houston Texans 4:15 p.m.
Sept. 30 Oakland Raiders 4:05 p.m.
Oct. 7 at New England Patriots 4:15 p.m.
Oct. 15 at San Diego Chargers (Mon.) 8:30 p.m.
Oct. 21 BYE
Oct. 28 New Orleans Saints 8:20 p.m.
Nov. 4 at Cincinnati Bengals 1 p.m.
Nov. 11 at Carolina Panthers 1 p.m.
Nov. 18 San Diego Chargers 4:15 p.m.
Nov. 25 at Kansas City Chiefs 1 p.m.
Dec. 2 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4:05 p.m.
Dec. 6 at Oakland Raiders (Thurs.) 8:20 p.m.
Dec. 16 at Baltimore Ravens 1 p.m.
Dec. 23 Cleveland Browns 4:05 p.m.
Dec. 30 Kansas City Chiefs 4:15 p.m.
Broncos fans aren’t the only ones that are excited for Payton Manning to take the helm in Denver, the schedule maker have rewarded the Broncos with 5 Prime Time games this upcoming season.
Week 1: Payton and the Broncos host the Steelers on Sunday night in week one where Payton will face a team looking to make amends for their playoff loss to the Broncos last year
Week 2: The Broncos travel to Atlanta to face the Falcons on Monday night in week 2. The Falcons will hope that their high powered (on paper) offense can show some life this season against the tough Broncos Defense. This will also be the ONLY game that Manning plays in a dome the entire regular season.
Week 3: Manning will face a familiar foe when the Houston Texans come to town in week 3, but the Texans defense will be looking to keep the Broncos out of the win column and the ball out of the endzone.
Week 4: The first divisional matchup for the Broncos brings the dreaded Raiders to Elway’s house in week 4. The Raiders will have the perennial chip on their shoulder as they try to prove that their aging veteran QB is better than the Broncos (Good Luck!).
Week 5: Manning vs. Brady will look a little different this season when Manning is dressed in the Broncos road whites when they enter Foxborough in week 5. The Pat’s had the Broncos number last year with Tebow under center (OK, behind center) and it will be a great early season matchup that will renew the Manning Brady rivalry.
Week 6: Another Monday Night game will have the Broncos traveling to San Diego for their second Divisional Game of the season. The Broncos will hope that they can keep Rivers reigned in and get an important victory before their bye in week 7.
Week 8: The Broncos will host the Saints on Sunday night in week 8, and by then any player suspensions will be long ended. Manning just has to hope that Vilma and the rest of the Saints Defense don’t put a price on his head!
Week 9: In Week 9 the Broncos head to Cincy to face their second AFC North opponent of the season, and the first game of their schedule that feels like you can circle as a guaranteed victory of the season.
Week 10: Manning won’t match up with Andrew Luck or RG III in the regular season this year, but he does get a chance to go up against Cam Newton in his second season as the leader of the Panthers in week 10.
Week 11: The Chargers come to Invesco to wrap up the season series early in the season and the Broncos hope that they Chargers are in another mid-season slump like they were last year.
Week 12: The Broncos travel to Arrowhead in week 12 to face the Chiefs for the first of two meetings in week 12. After a brutal start to the schedule the Broncos have to hope that they are still in the playoff mix at this point as the schedule eases up a bit.
Week 13: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers come to town the first week of December and the Broncos have to hope for a quick start against what is sure to be a retooled Buc’s secondary. If the Broncos can get this game out of hand early, they would be wise to rest starts because…
Week 14: In Week 14 the Broncos travel to Oakland to face the Raiders on Thursday Night on only 4 days rest. Manning better have his hand signals down before this game if he hopes to overcome the roar of Raider Nation.
Week 15: In a possible playoff preview, the Broncos travel to Baltimore to face the Ravens in week 15. Manning can only hope that this game being late in the season will take a bit of the speed away from an aging, but still very talented Ravens Defense.
Week 16: After a tough road stretch, the Broncos return home to face the Browns in week 16. This should be a rout for the Broncos, even if the Browns run a healthy dose of Trent Richardson against the Broncos Defense
Week 17: The final regular season game the Broncos host the Chiefs at Invesco with hopes that they have the division wrapped up at least a week prior.
The Broncos have the talent to take this division with Manning at the helm, but the climb won’t be easy, especially if Manning can’t get his timing down with his new receivers starting week 1!