DENVER (CBS4) – The 2015 NFL schedule won’t be released until April 21 at 6 p.m., but we do have an idea of how the Broncos schedule will look next season. Here are five things we know about the Broncos road to Super Bowl 50.
1. The Broncos will host the Super Bowl Champs
After traveling to New England each of the past three seasons, the Broncos will host the Patriots in 2015. The Broncos won the AFC West in 2014, so they are once again paired up with the other AFC division champions, so …
2. The Broncos will get a chance at revenge against the Colts
Assuming Peyton Manning returns for another season, Round 4 of Manning vs. Luck & Co. will be back in Indianapolis. Manning lost in his first return trip to Indy back in 2013, but then won a rematch in Denver in 2014, before the Colts knocked the Broncos out of the playoffs in January 2015.
3. The Broncos will face seven playoff teams in 2015
Besides division winners New England and Indianapolis, the Broncos are matched up with the AFC North and NFC North in 2015, two divisions that produced five playoff teams in 2014 (Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Green Bay and Detroit). The Broncos’ schedule also includes four games against the Chargers and Chiefs who both finished 9-7, so it figures to be once again be one of the more challenging in the NFL.
4. The Broncos will play six “reunion” games in 2015
There will be plenty of familiar faces next season, as the Broncos will see former coordinators Mike McCoy (San Diego) and Jack Del Rio (Oakland) twice, while also taking a trip to Chicago (John Fox/Adam Gase) and hosting Baltimore (Gary Kubiak’s former team).
5. The Broncos will face “eight” Pro Bowl quarterbacks
Pro Bowl status deserves an asterisk this year as almost half the league’s signal callers could list “Pro Bowler” on their resume. The Broncos will face Tom Brady (dropped out for Super Bowl), Aaron Rodgers/Ben Roethlisberger (dropped out with injuries), Andrew Luck (selected and played), Philip Rivers/Joe Flacco (declined alternate invites) and Matt Stafford/Andy Dalton (played as alternates).
– 2015 Home Games: Kansas City, Oakland, San Diego, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Green Bay, Minnesota, New England
-2015 Away Games: Kansas City, Oakland, San Diego, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Detroit, Indianapolis