DENVER - The Denver Broncos have released their 2014 NFL schedule and will open the season by hosting a Sunday Night matchup on Sept. 7 against the Indianapolis Colts.
This would mark the fourth consecutive season the Broncos have opened with a primetime game.
"This is a tough, tough schedule," said 7SPORTS Director Lionel Bienvenu. "The Broncos and Seahawks play the Super Bowl rematch in Seattle in Week 3, then both teams have a bye week. Players hate that early bye week. Then there are 3 games on the road in a row in November. The good news is there are 5 primetime games for the fans to enjoy."
"The Colts have the easiest schedule in the NFL, it's all downhill after they open in Denver," added 7SPORTS Anchor Arran Anderson.
According to team officials, the Broncos' opponents for next season were locked in as soon as all the AFC division winners were determined last December.
Broncos General Manager and Executive Vice President of Football Operations John Elway said:
"I think when you look at it, we have to start fast. We have three playoff teams the first three weeks with the Colts, Chiefs and the Seahawks. We have to get off to a quick start. We knew it was going to be a tough schedule playing the NFC West, and when we finish first in our division like we have the past three years, it is always going to be a tough schedule with a lot of good football teams on it. I think there are a lot of good things about it and we'll do the best we can with it."
Broncos head coach John Fox said:
"No. 1, we open at home against a playoff team a year ago, the Indianapolis Colts, on primetime television. I think that is always exciting to see how you open, where do you open and who you open with. That's what all this offseason stuff is going to be geared toward. I think we have a home-heavy schedule first half of the season and a road-heavy schedule late in the year. You notice five primetime games -- all those things are great. It's hard to say as far as opponents and schedules and all that kind of stuff because you never know year to year. They're all tough."
Next season at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, the Broncos will host the Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers and Indianapolis Colts.
Denver's 2014 road trips will include matchups with the Chiefs, Raiders, Chargers, New England Patriots, New York Jets, St. Louis Rams, Seattle Seahawks and Cincinnati Bengals.
Full 2014 Schedule:
Sept. 7: 6:30 PM - Colts at Broncos
Sept. 14: 2:25 PM - Chiefs at Broncos
Sept. 21: 2:25 p.m. - Broncos at Seahawks
Oct. 5: 2:05 PM - Cardinals at Broncos
Oct. 12: 11 a.m. - Broncos at Jets
Oct. 19: 6:30 PM - 49ers at Broncos
Oct. 23: 6:25 PM - Chargers at Broncos
Nov. 2: 2:25 PM - Broncos at Patriots
Nov. 9: 2:05 PM - Broncos at Raiders
Nov. 16: 11 AM - Broncos at Rams
Nov. 23: 2:25 PM - Dolphins at Broncos
Nov. 30: 6:30 PM - Broncos at Chiefs
Dec 7: 2:05 PM - Bills at Broncos
Dec. 14: 2:05 PM - Broncos at Chargers
Dec. 22: 6:30 PM - Broncos at Bengals
Dec. 28: 2:25 PM - Raiders at Broncos