Other than the New York Giants, the Denver Broncos have the toughest schedule in 2012.
The year shakes out like this:
Home games against the Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Houston Texans, New Orleans Saints, Oakland Raiders, Kansas City Chiefs, and the San Diego Chargers.
Away games against the Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, New England Patriots, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Oakland Raiders, Kansas City Chiefs, and the San Diego Chargers.
Combined the Broncos opponents put together a 139-117 record in 2011 with seven of those teams making the playoffs, and five of them winning division crowns. Eleven of their 16 games come against opponents with at least an 8-8 record.
The Steelers, Saints, Ravens, Patriots, and Falcons have been powerhouses for years. The Texans, Bucs, and Panthers are up and comers. Throw in six always intense divisional games and you can see why the Broncos have some hot water laid out before them.
Solely based on who and where the Broncos play in 2012, what’s your early prediction for how the team will fare in 2012?