With the draft over, we enter no mans land of the 2020 NFL offseason. That means it’s time to hype up little stuff like… the release of the schedule! There are only a few dates of relevance in the schedule every year, but these are unprecedented times. Now Let’s take a dive into the Denver Broncos 2020 schedule.
Week 1- vs. Titans. (MNF Sept. 14, 8:10 p.m. MT)
Yet again the Broncos kick off the season as the final game of the opening week. This year they host the Titans, who they trounced 16-0 in their game last year. That was the game in the Marcus Mariota coffin, with Ryan Tannehill coming in mid game to relieve Mariota of quarterback duties. With Tannehill showing out in the back half of 2019, this week one match up certainly should prove much more exciting.
Week 2- @ Steelers. (Sunday, Sept. 20, 11 a.m. MT)
The last time these teams faced off late in 2018, the Broncos handed out a heart breaker to the Steelers. This time around the match up will be in Pittsburgh, and if Ben Roethlisberger is playing like his old self, this could be a tough one for Denver.
Week 3- vs. Buccaneers (Sunday, Sept. 27, 2:25 p.m. MT)
As the only team in the NFL with a winning record against Tom Brady, the Broncos have a lot riding on this game. The Bucs seem to have done a great job constructing a competitive roster. This should be another fun game.
Week 4- @ Jets (TNF, Oct. 1, 6:20 p.m. MT)
The second of the Broncos three primetime games in 2020, I cannot help but be a little bit disappointed. There is no shortage of electrifying opponents on the Broncos schedule this year. However, I feel like a better matchup could have been had for one of only three primetime games on Denver’s schedule. The Saints or the Falcons would have been the better choice.
Week 5- @ Patriots (Sunday, Oct. 11, 11 a.m. MT)
Now without Tom Brady, the Patriots aren’t the matchup they used to be. I am not sold in the slightest on Jarrett Stidham. Consequently, he doesn’t have many weapons to help him this year.
Week 6- vs. Dolphins (Sunday, Oct. 18, 2:05 p.m. MT)
One of the youngest and exciting teams in the league, the Dolphins are poised to make a splash in 2020. They are very young much like the Broncos. Furthermore, this could potentially be a fun preview of two up and coming AFC teams.
Week 7- vs. Chiefs (Sunday, Oct. 25, 2:25 p.m. MT)
The first of the most important two games for the Broncos this year. The path to a deep playoff push goes right through the Chiefs. Above all, If the Broncos want to be competitive now and for years to come they need to be able to beat the Chiefs in a football game. This is the Broncos best chance. Relatively early in the season so less a chance of key injuries, and it’s a home game. The Broncos offense has all the potential to get into a shootout with the Chiefs, but Drew Lock needs to show that he is a top quarterback in this league.
Check out what we thought of the Chiefs draft here
Week 8- Bye week
Week 9- @ Falcons (Sunday, Nov. 8, 11 a.m. MT)
Originally to be played in London, this game will now be played in the Falcons home stadium. The Falcons still have some questionable personnel in the coaching department. This could be a very easy or a very hard matchup for Denver.
Week 10- @ Raiders (Sunday, Nov. 15, 2:05 p.m. MT)
The first game against the new Las Vegas Raiders. The new stadium is shaping up to be really cool. So, it would be great to christen the new stadium by spanking the raiders in it.
Week 11- vs. Chargers (Sunday, Nov. 22, 2:05 p.m. MT)
The first game against the Chargers will be a fun one. Melvin Gordon and Chris Harris will be playing against their old teams for the first time. We could also see Justin Herbert starting by this point in the year. The Chargers have the potential to be a great team this year, but the uncertainty at quarterback definitely holds back their offense.
Week 12- vs. Saints (Sunday, Nov. 29, 2:05 p.m. MT)
The return of Emmanuel Sanders is set to be a fun match up. The Saints have top to bottom one of the best rosters in the league. This will probably be the toughest match up for Denver besides the Chiefs.
Week 13- @ Chiefs (Sunday, Dec. 6, 6:20 p.m. MT)
The toughest game of the year for the Broncos. Playing in one of the most difficult stadiums to travel to, the Broncos will have their hands full. A sweep of the Chiefs is highly unlikely, so if the Broncos want to get at least one win, I would bet on it being at home in week seven.
Week 14- @ Panthers (Sunday, Dec. 13, 11 a.m. MT)
I will just say it. Teddy Bridgewater is not a good quarterback. As a result, I don’t think he is good enough to utilize the weapons in that receiver room. I think the offense will just be another 130 checkdowns to Christian McCaffrey. The Panthers could easily end up with a top 5 pick in 2021.
Check out reactions to the Panthers schedule here
Week 15- vs. Bills (Saturday/Sunday, Dec. 19/20, time TBD)
Bills fans if you are reading this turn away. Josh Allen is not good. There I said it. In 2019 Josh Allen was 26th in the league in yards per attempt at 6.7, but he still had the worst completion percentage in the league at 58.8%. I think he’s wasting a very talented roster in Buffalo. The Bills will likely reach the playoffs, but it will be in spite of Allen not because of Allen.
Week 16- @ Chargers (Saturday/Sunday, Dec. 26/27, time TBD)
The second matchup against the Chargers. This time on their home turf. By this time of the year, the Chargers will have multiple starters on injured reserve. I think we see another sweep of the Chargers for the Broncos this year.
Week 17- vs. Raiders (Sunday, Jan 3. 2:25 p.m. MT)
The final game on the Broncos schedule for the second year in a row. The Broncos will be hosting this time and could be the ones with playoff hopes on the line this time around. Similar to the Broncos, the raiders have taken significant steps to give Derek Carr all the tools to succeed in the NFL. So, If he can’t make this offense work, the Raiders need to give him the boot. Consequently, there is a decent chance that Carr is fighting for his job in this game.
Overall, the Broncos schedule doesn’t matter much. Furthermore, We have known for a long time who the Broncos would be playing in 2020. The Broncos don’t have any road games three weeks in a row. Also, They don’t have to play the Chiefs coming off a bye week. They have potentially two games on a Saturday later in the year. The schedule is the least of the Broncos worries in 2020. Finally, they have to make sure the young offensive core can grow and learn with each other.