The Denver Broncos did not end their season the way they wanted to.
The Broncos cruised through the final 11 games of the regular season by winning them all. They earned the No. 1 seed in the AFC and looked primed for a run at the Super Bowl.
The Baltimore Ravens came to town and beat the Broncos in the AFC Divisional game to end Denver's run. The loss was heartbreaking and got even worse when the Ravens won the Super Bowl a couple weeks later.
When the NFL schedule was released on Thurday, April 18, the Broncos were able to set their sights another run at the Super Bowl. The 2013 schedule is full of storylines.
Week 1: vs. Ravens
Broncos get their chance at revenge in the first game of the season. While a win will not make up for the tough playoff loss, the Broncos will feel better beating the defending champs at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
Prediction: Broncos 28-13
Week 2: at Giants
Peyton and Eli Manning meet up for the third time of their NFL careers. Peyton has beaten his younger brother in the previous two meetings. The Giants will be looking to bounce back after missing the playoffs last season
Prediction: Giants 35-31
Week 3: vs. Raiders
The Broncos battle their division rival for their only apperance on Monday Night Football. Denver handled Oakland twice last season and this season will be no different.
Prediction: Broncos 35-10
Week 4: vs. Eagles
The Broncos welcome Chip Kelly and the Eagles to Denver. The Broncos defense will contain Michael Vick with their own speed.
Prediction: Broncos 27-10
Week 5: at Cowboys
Many thought this game would be played on Thanksgiving but the NFL went with the Raiders and Cowboys instead. The pass rush of Denver will force Tony Romo into a couple mistakes giving the Broncos the win.
Prediction: Broncos 28-21
Week 6: vs. Jaguars
The Jaguars are a young team with a not so good quarterback. The veteran Broncos should have no problem at home.
Prediction: Broncos 42-10
Week 7: at Colts
Manning makes his return to Indianapolis. The Colts surprisingly made the playoffs last year and will only get better this year. But the Broncos pull one out as Manning beats Andrew Luck.
Prediction: Broncos 24-21
Week 8: vs. Redskins
Former coach Mike Shanahan makes his return to Denver and the Broncos get their first look at Robert Griffin III. There will be a lot emotion in this game and Washington hands Denver their only home loss.
Prediction: Redskins 23-20
Week 9: Bye
The Broncos get a bye week after eight games like last season.
Week 10: at Chargers
Last season the Broncos turned their season around in San Diego. This season the Chargers will be looking for revenge. The Chargers have a new coach in Mike McCoy and Philip Rivers loves to turn the ball over against Denver.
Prediction: Broncos 31-17
Week 11: vs. Chiefs
Kansas City will be better with Alex Smith at quarterback and Andy Reid as head coach. Even with those changes, the Broncos don't lose this game at home.
Prediction: Broncos 30-20
Week 12: at Patriots
This game could be an AFC Championship game preview. Manning vs. Tom Brady is always a must see and Brady gets the win at home.
Prediction: Patriots 30-27
Week 13: at Chiefs
A trip to Kansas City in December has never been kind to the Broncos. This season will be no different as the Broncos drop their second straight.
Prediction: Chiefs 23-20
Week 14: vs. Titans
The Broncos get back on the winning track against Tennessee. Jake Locker will make mistakes leading to an easy victory for Denver.
Prediction: Broncos 30-13
Week 15: vs. Chargers
The Broncos continue their dominance of Rivers and the AFC. This win would clinch the division and a home playoff game.
Prediction: Broncos 24-13
Week 16: at Texans
The game will be for the No. 2 seed in the AFC. The Broncos lost to Houston in Denver last season but Denver was still learning to play with Manning. The same will not happen as the Broncos clinch the second seed.
Prediction: Broncos 33-27
Week 17: at Raiders
Even with most of the starters playing only a half, the Broncos have no problem beating the Raiders.
Prediction: Broncos 24-7
The Broncos will finish 12-4 and finish No. 2 in the AFC. They will be forced to travel to New England and beat the Patriots to move on to the Super Bowl.