Denver Broncos 2012 schedule

Here is the 2012 schedule; all times are expressed in Eastern Time.

Week Day Date Opponent Time Network
1 Sunday Sep 9, 2012 Pittsburgh Steelers 8:20 pm NBC
2 Monday Sep 17, 2012 at Atlanta Falcons 8:30 pm ESPN
3 Sunday Sep 23, 2012 Houston Texans 4:25 pm CBS
4 Sunday Sep 30, 2012 Oakland Raiders 4:05 pm CBS
5 Sunday Oct 7, 2012 at New England Patriots 4:25 pm CBS
6 Monday Oct 15, 2012 at San Diego Chargers 8:30 pm ESPN
7 BYE        
8 Sunday Oct 28, 2012 New Orleans Saints 8:20 pm NBC
9 Sunday Nov 4, 2012 at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00 pm CBS
10 Sunday Nov 11, 2012 at Carolina Panthers 1:00 pm CBS
11 Sunday Nov 18, 2012 San Diego Chargers 4:25 pm CBS
12 Sunday Nov 25, 2012 at Kansas City Chiefs 1:00 pm CBS
13 Sunday Dec 2, 2012 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4:05 pm FOX
14 Thursday Dec 6, 2012 at Oakland Raiders 8:20 pm NFLN
15 Sunday Dec 16, 2012 at Baltimore Ravens 1:00 pm CBS
16 Sunday Dec 23, 2012 Cleveland Browns 4:05 pm CBS
17 Sunday Dec 30, 2012 Kansas City Chiefs 4:25 pm CBS

The 2012 NFL schedule has been released, and the Broncos are scheduled to play five primetime games this season, including the SNF opener against Pittsburgh at home and the following week at Atlanta on MNF.

Denver will also play on SNF in Week 8 as they host the Saints in a matchup that will feature a showdown between Peyton Manning and Drew Brees, health willing and provided that New Orleans re-signs their star QB. The team's other MNF matchup comes at San Diego in Week 6, and they will play a Thursday night game at Oakland Week 14.

Their following game will be 10 days later, providing something of a mini-bye to go along with their true bye in Week 7.

Of course, the game sure to receive the most hype of all will be Denver's Week 5 visit to New England to renew Manning's rivalry with Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the Patriots. This matchup reportedly also received consideration for the SNF opener.

The entire league's schedule can be found here.

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