Aug 7, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning watches from the sidelines during the second half against the Seattle Seahawks at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos won 21-16. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Denver Broncos: Five Dates To Circle On 2014 Schedule

It’s exactly one week until the Denver Broncos take the field for their first regular season game of the year. As preseason play has ended and rosters have been finalized, teams around the NFL now turn their collective heads towards their regular season schedules.

Denver has the pleasure of trudging through a much more difficult schedule this season and were given an inopportune bye week to match.

According to ESPN.com, the Broncos have second hardest schedule in all of the NFL behind the Oakland Raiders.

Denver has quite the roller coaster ride ahead of them and there are many important dates that Bronco fans should circle on their calendars before next Sunday hits.

1

Indianapolis Colts

September 7th, Week 1

The Broncos path back to the Super Bowl begins here with a rematch of last season’s thriller in Indy. While they may have lost that primetime matchup, the Broncos will get another crack at ‘em when they host the Indianapolis Colts to start the season. Denver has history on their side, as they have won each of their past two season openers. The Colts look to be emerging as an AFC powerhouse and will get the chance to show the world that they’re ready to contend if they can steal a victory away in Denver.

2

Seattle Seahawks

September 21st, Week 3

Thirty-five points. Thirty. Five. That was the margin between these two teams when they played back in February in the Super Bowl. Unfortunately for the Broncos, they ended up on the wrong side of the beat down as they were routed by the Seattle Seahawks 43-8. After a long offseason and heavy turnover to their team, Denver finally looks ready to avenge their championship flop. The Seahawks will look similar to last season’s exceptional version and will be more than eager to prove that their historic blowout of the Broncos was no fluke.

3

Bye Week

September 28th, Week 4

A rather ill-timed spot for a bye week, the Broncos will receive their seasonal break just four weeks after seasons start. Even though it does represent a good time for injured players to further recuperate, like linebacker Danny Trevathan, Denver still has a gauntlet of teams they must face down the stretch. After their bye week ends, eight of the 11 teams they’ll play finished last season at .500 or better, with five of them making the playoffs. The Broncos will be continuously tested by some of the best in the league week after week. Given how tough their schedule will be, a bye week would better suit Denver later in the season.

4

New England Patriots

November 2nd, Week 9

Is there really anything that needs to be said here? Tom Brady versus Peyton Manning Part 16. The rematch of last season’s AFC championship game, one that saw the Broncos surge past the New England Patriots and into the Super Bowl. Despite their victory in the AFC championship game, the Broncos cannot say the same about their recent success as a whole when it comes to facing the Patriots. Since 2011, New England has reigned supreme in four out of the last five contests over Denver. The Broncos chances of owning home field advantage throughout the playoffs and the top seed in the AFC may rest in their midseason face-off in Foxborough.

5

Cincinnati Bengals

December 22nd, Week 16

This Monday night meeting in the Midwest will feature two heavyweights of the AFC. The Cincinnati Bengals own one of the most talented rosters in the NFL and are projected to win the AFC North for the second consecutive year. The Bengals will test the Broncos in every facet of the game. Denver hasn’t had any matchups quite like this so late in the season in the past couple of years. It could very well be a preview of a playoff showdown. The Broncos will attempt to preserve back-to-back years of top ranked seed status in a game that could possibly send them tumbling down the AFC seeding.
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