DENVER (CBS4) – The complete NFL schedule has been released, and the Denver Broncos now know the dates and times of what has determined to be the hardest schedule in the league.
After a 2016 season in which the Broncos came close but failed to make the playoffs for the first time in six years, the Broncos and new head coach Vance Joseph have a talented team that should compete for an AFC West division title.
Four of their final six games are on the road, and the team gets a bye in Week 5.
The complete schedule is as follows (All times Mountain Time)
WEEK 1: Sept. 11, vs. Los Angeles Chargers, Mile High, 8:20 p.m. on ESPN
WEEK 2: Sept. 17, vs. Dallas Cowboys, Mile High, 2:25 p.m. on FOX
WEEK 3: Sept. 24, @ Buffalo Bills, New Era Field, 11:00 a.m. on CBS
WEEK 4: Oct. 1, vs. Oakland Raiders, Mile High, 2:25 p.m. on CBS
WEEK 5: BYE
WEEK 6: Oct. 15, vs. New York Giants, 6:30 p.m. on NBC
Game Spotlight: It has been eight years since the Giants played in Denver, and in that 2009 game — a 26-6 Broncos win — wide receiver Brandon Marshall led the Broncos with 6 catches for 86 yards. Marshall was a Bronco from 2006 to 2009, and he’s now with the Giants — his fourth NFL team. You can bet current Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall (no relation!) and the Denver defense will be looking to stop Marshall and the rest of the Giants offense in their tracks.
WEEK 7: Oct. 22, @ Los Angeles Chargers, 2:25 p.m. on CBS
Game Spotlight: The Broncos will play for the first time at the 30,000-seat StubHub Center, the temporary Los Angeles home of the Chargers (and by far the NFL’s smallest capacity stadium). In January, the Chargers announced their plans to move the franchise to L.A. for the 2017 season. The Chargers will eventually join the Los Angeles Rams in a $2.66 billion stadium that Rams owner Stan Kroenke is building in Inglewood, Calif. It is expected to be finished for the 2019 season.
WEEK 8: Oct. 30, @ Kansas City Chiefs, Arrowhead Stadium, 6:30 p.m. on ESPN
WEEK 9: Nov. 5, @ Philadelphia Eagles, Lincoln Financial Field, 11:00 a.m. on CBS
WEEK 10: Nov. 12, vs. New England Patriots, Mile High, 6:30 p.m. on NBC
WEEK 11: Nov. 19, vs. Cincinnati Bengals, Mile High, 2:25 p.m. on CBS
WEEK 12: Nov. 26, @ Oakland Raiders, Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum, 2:25 p.m. on CBS
WEEK 13: Dec. 3, @ Miami Dolphins, Hard Rock Stadium, 11:00 a.m. on CBS
WEEK 14: Dec. 10, vs. New York Jets, Mile High, 2:05 p.m. on CBS
WEEK 15: Dec. 14, @ Indianapolis Colts, Lucas Oil Stadium, 6:25 p.m. on NBC
WEEK 16: Dec. 24, @ Washington Redskins, FedExField, 11:00 a.m. on CBS
WEEK 17: Dec. 31, Kansas City Chiefs, Mile High, 2:25 p.m. on CBS
The Broncos preseason schedule is also finalized:
Aug. 10 at Chicago Bears, Soldier Field, 6 p.m.
Aug. 19 at San Francisco 49ers, Levi Stadium, 8 p.m.
Aug. 26 vs. Green Bay Packers, Mile High, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 31 vs. Arizona Cardinals, Mile High, 7 p.m.