Here is the 2011 schedule; all times are expressed in Broncos Standard Time.
|1||Monday||Sep 12, 2011||Oakland Raiders||8:15 PM|
|2||Sunday||Sep 18, 2011||Cincinnati Bengals||2:15 PM|
|3||Sunday||Sep 25, 2011||at Tennessee Titans||11:00 AM|
|4||Sunday||Oct 2, 2011||at Green Bay Packers||2:15 PM|
|5||Sunday||Oct 9, 2011||San Diego Chargers||2:15 PM|
|7||Sunday||Oct 23, 2011||at Miami Dolphins||11:00 AM|
|8||Sunday||Oct 30, 2011||Detroit Lions||2:05 PM|
|9||Sunday||Nov 6, 2011||at Oakland Raiders||2:05 PM|
|10||Sunday||Nov 13, 2011||at Kansas City Chiefs||11:00 AM|
|11||Thursday||Nov 17, 2011||New York Jets||6:20 PM|
|12||Sunday||Nov 27, 2011||at San Diego Chargers||2:15 PM|
|13||Sunday||Dec 4, 2011||at Minnesota Vikings||2:05 PM|
|14||Sunday||Dec 11, 2011||Chicago Bears||2:05 PM|
|15||Sunday||Dec 18, 2011||New England Patriots||2:15 PM|
|16||Saturday||Dec 24, 2011||at Buffalo Bills||11:00 AM|
|17||Sunday||Jan 1, 2012||Kansas City Chiefs||2:15 PM|
Denver will be playing two night games - the opener on MNF versus the Raiders and a Week 11 Thursday night home game in November against the Jets just four days after a visit to Kansas City. Fortunately, the Broncos have escaped the perils of a three-game road trip, instead playing three pairs of back-to-back roadies. The other major pitfall avoided is their annual trip to Florida will come in late October rather than early September.
But at first glance, there appears to be a brutal seven-game stretch from Week 9 through Week 15, including all three of their road division games in a four-week period, plus home games versus the Jets, Bears and Patriots. In fact, there are no apparent weak pockets in the schedule, if there is such a thing for a team coming off a 4-12 season.
The brightest spot is perhaps that Denver essentially has two bye weeks - the natural one in Week 6 and a ten-day break between its Week 11 and 12 games; these serve to essentially break the season into thirds.