The Denver Broncos will kick off the 2019 campaign, and the first season under Vic Fangio, in a primetime matchup against the Oakland Raiders.
For the first time since the 2010 season, the Denver Broncos will not begin the season playing in front of 76,125 fans. Instead, they will be hitting the road against a hated divisional rival.
According to multiple sources, the Denver Broncos will start the season in prime time as they will travel to Oakland to take on Jon Gruden and the Oakland Raiders on Monday Night Football. With both teams on the west coast, it is very likely that the game will be the final game of the usual Monday Night Football season opening double header.
This means the start time will be at the 10:15 PM EST window, which would be 8:15 PM MT. The game will be on September 9th. Brace yourselves Broncos Country, it will be a long night.
It will be a true first test for Vic Fangio and the new coaching staff. The Broncos-Raiders rivalry can be nasty and it is one of biggest rivalries in the NFL. It has lost a bit of luster with the Broncos dominance when Peyton Manning was the quarterback.
However, with both of these teams, anything can happen. This will also be the last time the Broncos will play the Raiders in Oakland as the silver and black will be moving to Las Vegas before the 2020 season starts.
The Denver Broncos concluded their 2018 road schedule against the Raiders and now they will begin the 2019 campaign on the road against them. A big time AFC West rivalry will conclude Week One of the 2019 season.
Broncos Country will have to wait another day before they see their beloved Broncos take the field, but hopefully it will be worth the wait as they will look to start 2019 with a win.