Best, worst things about Broncos’ 2022 schedule
The schedule for the 2022 NFL season was released about one month ago and given some time to digest several things, there are some good things and bad things about this 17-game slate for the Denver Broncos.
We have already gone through and predicted each of these 17 games and for a team that is looking to end a six-year playoff drought (which seems much longer than that), the Broncos are going to need to have some things fall their way this season.
Some things already have, starting with the trade for Russell Wilson, a move that immediately made the team much better. Of course, every team in the AFC West looks like a playoff contender and perhaps even a Super Bowl contender.
But with this year’s schedule, the Broncos did seem to have many good things fall their way. There will always be positives and negatives and we will weigh each of them here.
Broncos’ 2022 schedule positive No.1: What a way to start
The Broncos are a team that needed a couple of tune-up games to start the season and they got them.
In the NFL, no game is really a “tune-up” as on any given Sunday, any team is capable of winning a game over one of the league’s top-tier teams. But the Broncos have to like the way this year kicks off.
The team will open the season against the Seattle Seahawks, getting that “revenge” game out of the way for Wilson. The Broncos then come home to face the Houston Texans.
Though the final standings may not finish up this way, you can make an argument right now that those are the two worst teams in the NFL.
This is good for the Broncos as it will allow Wilson a chance to get on the same page with his new teammates and create some continuity in real-game action before some of the more challenging opponents hit the field.
The Broncos started the 2021 season with three of the worst opponents in the league and opened 3-0. Though that start was eventually squandered, this Broncos team could build some serious momentum against these first two opponents.