NFL releases Denver Broncos' 2013 preseason schedule

Broncos kickoff preseason against 49ers

DENVER - The National Football League on Thursday announced the Denver Broncos' 2013 preseason schedule, which features road games against two strong NFC West teams -- the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks -- followed by home contests at Sports Authority Field at Mile High against the St. Louis Rams and Arizona Cardinals.

The NFL also revealed that Denver's preseason home opener against St. Louis on Saturday, Aug. 24 will be broadcast nationally on primetime at 6 p.m. MDT on CBS. This marks the fourth time in the last five seasons the Broncos have played in front of a national television audience during the preseason. It's the Broncos' ninth preseason meeting against Rams -- and the first since 1998. Denver leads the series 6-2.

At this point, the NFL has only set the weekends that Denver's other three preseason games will be played.  

The Broncos will open their preseason on the road for the 16th consecutive season when they make their final visit to San Francisco’s Candlestick Park to face the 49ers (possible dates, Aug. 8-11). This will be the 35th preseason meeting between the Broncos and the 49ers, who are Denver's most common preseason opponent. Denver leads the series 18-16.

Denver will visit the Seattle Seahawks the following week (Aug. 15-19) This is the 11th preseason matchup against the former AFC West rivals. Denver leads the series 8-2.

The Broncos will wrap up their preseason play with a home game against Arizona (Aug. 29-30).

The remaining dates and times for Denver’s preseason schedule will be announced later this month in coordination with the NFL’s release of the Broncos’ complete 2013 regular-season schedule.

Denver owns a 127-114 (.527) all-time record in the preseason and has registered at least a .500 record in the preseason during 15 of the last 17 seasons. Last year, Denver finished with a 2-2 preseason record.

For the 44th consecutive year, 850 KOA will broadcast all Broncos games as the team’s radio-rights holder. Dave Logan will be in his 17th full season calling games for the club while former Broncos wide receiver Ed McCaffrey will be doing his second full season providing on-air analysis.