As we break down the Denver Broncos 2017 regular season schedule, I kept gravitating to a handful of games. Those are games that will decide the fate of the Broncos season.
Broncos 2017 Schedule
|1||Sep 11||vs. Los Angeles Chargers (MNF)||8:20 PM||ESPN|
|2||Sep 17||vs. Dallas Cowboys||2:25 PM||FOX|
|3||Sep 24||at Buffalo Bills||11:00 AM||CBS|
|4||Oct 1||vs. Oakland Raiders||2:25 PM||CBS|
|6||Oct 15||vs. New York Giants (SNF)||6:30 PM||NBC|
|7||Oct 22||at Los Angeles Chargers||2:25 PM||CBS|
|8||Oct 30||at Kansas City Cheifs (MNF)||6:30 PM||ESPN|
|9||Nov 5||at Philadelphia Eagles||11:00 AM||CBS|
|10||Nov 12||vs. New England Patriots (SNF)||6:25 PM||NBC|
|11||Nov 19||vs. Cincinnati Bengals||2:25 PM||CBS|
|12||Nov 26||at Oakland Raiders||2:25 PM||CBS|
|13||Dec 3||at Miami Dolphins||11:00 AM||CBS|
|14||Dec 10||vs. New York Jets||2:00 PM||CBS|
|15||Dec 14||at Indianapolis Colts (TNF)||6:25 PM||NFLN|
|16||Dec 24||at Washington Redskins||11:00 AM||CBS|
|17||Dec 31||vs. Kansas City Chiefs||2:25 PM||CBS|
We’ll cover the obvious ones first, then get into the few huge conference games that will likely decide the Broncos playoff fates in 2017. The good news is that the Broncos schedule doesn’t seem as daunting as it could have been.
1. AFC West home games (Weeks 1, 4 and 17)
This one is a given. The Broncos must take down their division rivals in Mile High Stadium. If they can do that, then they will have a reasonable chance to take the AFC West back after having its five-year reign come to an end last season.
Andrew Mason from DenverBroncos.com had some excellent breakdowns of each home matchup in a Facebook post soon after the schedule was released.
WEEK 1: L.A. CHARGERS – MON, SEPT. 11, 8:20 P.M. MDT (ESPN)
… Denver will open at home for the seventh consecutive season, including six games in prime time.
… The Broncos have won five consecutive season openers.
… This will be the Broncos’ first Monday Night Football regular-season opener since 2011, when they fell 23-20 to Oakland.
… The last time the Broncos began their season against …
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