The Broncos' 2014 regular season schedule has been released.
It is as follows:
|1||Sun||Sep 7||Indianapolis Colts||8:30 PM||NBC|
|2||Sun||Sep 14||Kansas City Chiefs||4:25 PM||CBS|
|3||Sun||Sep 21||@ Seattle Seahawks||4:25 PM||CBS|
|5||Sun||Oct 5||Arizona Cardinals||4:05 PM||FOX|
|6||Sun||Oct 12||@ New York Jets||1:00 PM||CBS|
|7||Sun||Oct 19||San Francisco 49ers||8:30 PM||NBC|
|8||Thu||Oct 23||San Diego Chargers||8:25 PM||CBS|
|9||Sun||Nov 2||@ New England Patriots||4:25 PM||CBS|
|10||Sun||Nov 9||@ Oakland Raiders||4:05 PM||CBS|
|11||Sun||Nov 16||@ St. Louis Rams||1:00 PM||CBS|
|12||Sun||Nov 23||Miami Dolphins||4:25 PM||CBS|
|13||Sun||Nov 30||@ Kansas City Chiefs||8:30 PM||NBC|
|14||Sun||Dec 7||Buffalo Bills||4:05 PM||CBS|
|15||Sun||Dec 14||@ San Diego Chargers||4:05 PM||CBS|
|16||Mon||Dec 22||@ Cincinnati Bengals||8:30 PM||ESPN|
|17||Sun||Dec 28||Oakland Raiders||4:25 PM||CBS|
All times Eastern
A few quick observations:
- The Broncos will be on five times during primetime, although they'll only be on MNF once, contrary to what was reported earlier. NBC is again the big winner here, getting Denver three times.
- That's six road games during an eight-week stretch in November and December. Before freaking out, remember that the Broncos have Peyton Manning and are 12-4 on the road with him as their quarterback.
- Denver's bye comes earlier than usual this year, but they do get a mini-bye between their Week 8 Thursday nighter versus San Diego and their Week 9 trip to New England.
- For the second straight year, Denver has the great fortune of playing both ends of its short Sunday/Thursday week at home (San Francisco, San Diego). Of course, that didn't work out too well last year, as the Chargers pulled off the TNF stunner. However, playing on Sunday night and then Thursday night is particularly brutal.
- The Broncos won't face a team that was sub-.500 in 2013 until Week 10, but then four of their last eight games will feature such matchups.
- This marks the first time since 2010 that Denver will have three consecutive road games on its schedule. But, at least the toughest matchup (Manning/Brady 16) is the first one, with perennial lightweights Oakland and St. Louis to follow. Then again, traveling to the East Coast one week and the West Coast the next is far less than ideal.
- Safe to say that CBS will do all it can to protect Manning/Brady 16 from being flexed into the night game, if that's possible. (Not sure a team can play more than five primetime games a year.)
- Before freaking out about any segment of this schedule, remember that the Broncos have PMFM and have gone 28-8 with him as their quarterback.