Good morning, Broncos Country!
The opponents for the Denver Broncos in 2017 are known. We know who they’ll play at home and on the road. What’s left is time and dates.
According to Detroit Lions president Rod Wood, the NFL will announce the 2017 schedule on Thursday. Wood made the announcement last week when his team unveiled its new uniforms. There has been no confirmation from the NFL as of publishing. From the ESPN story:
After showing off the uniforms, Wood was asked what's next on his agenda.
"I don't have anything else other than getting this renovation done," Wood said. "That's the thing I got to focus on getting done before the season starts.
"The schedule coming out next Thursday will be a focus, too."
So will the Broncos open at home or on the road? Since Denver finished third in the AFC West with a 9-7 record, and no longer the defending Super Bowl champs, I would put the odds on the team opening on the road. If that happens, it would be the first time the Broncos will open the season on the road since 2011 when they played the Oakland Raiders. Denver lost that game 23-20.
Since the year 2000, the Broncos have started their season at home 11 times and on the road six. Their record in those games is a stark contrast. In other words, Denver fares much better when it opens at the confines of Mile High Stadium.
Lions president Rod Wood said tonight that he expects the NFL regular-season schedule to be released next Thursday:https://t.co/UxqF2tIag5— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 14, 2017
In those 11 home openers, the Broncos are 11-0. In the six road openers, they’re 1-5. If I’m right and Denver opens the 2017 schedule on the road, it will have to buck the trend of starting 0-1.
As for who the Broncos will play in that road opener, when you look at the potential opponents, I would say either Kansas City or Oakland. Here’s who Denver plays in 2017.
Home: Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, Los Angeles Chargers, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Cincinnati Bengals
Away: Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, Los Angeles Chargers, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Indianapolis Colts
What do you think, Broncos Country: Will the Broncos open at home or on the road, and who will they play?
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