The Denver Broncos are getting a very well-placed bye week in the 2016 season in week 11, but there’s more benefit than meets the eye…
The Denver Broncos’ schedule has been released, and we’re covering it from all angles here at Predominantly Orange. We took a look at the schedule as a whole when it was initially sent out to the public, but we also dissected the prime time slate of games.
One of the most interesting aspects of a schedule release is finding out when your bye week is. The Broncos’ bye week this season is in week 11, which seems late, but it’s actually very well-placed. Head coach Gary Kubiak talked about the team’s bye being in week 11 and the benefits of that…
“We’ve got a couple of breaks in there,” Kubiak said. “That’s one of the things that I look at. We’ve got a couple of Thursday games with the opener. We’ve got another one late. Our bye week is kind of late, too. It gives you a chance as a coach to get players a little bit of a break, your coaches a little bit of a break. We’ll start to work around those things. I know one thing: you play one a week. That is the most important thing—being the best you can be.”
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The Broncos start the season on a Thursday night, so they will have a 10 day break between their 1st and second game. They will then play four more games before a short week and a road trip to San Diego. After the trip to San Diego in week six, the Broncos will have an 11-day break before hosting Brock Osweiler and the Houston Texans.
They will then play three more games before their ‘official’ bye week in week 11, followed by four more games.
So, if you’re an optimist like me, the Broncos’ schedule can be broken down into something like this:
Game > 10 days > Five games > 11 days > Four games > BYE (14 days) > Five games
John Elway likes what he sees with the schedule as well…
“The bye week falls well for us—late in the year. We have kind of a semi-bye when we have San Diego on Thursday night (Week 6). We have Houston on the following Monday night, so we have a break there. I think it’s a good schedule.”
Things are spread out pretty ideally for the Broncos in three nice strings of games after the season-opener against Carolina.