The Denver Broncos’ 2017 regular-season schedule was released Thursday, and from the looks of it, making a return trip to the playoffs for the first time since 2015 won’t be easy.
In 2017, the Broncos face eight teams that won 10 or more games last season. The Chargers are the only other team that plays that many teams who registered double-digit regular-season win totals in 2016. Broncos’ opponents won 57.8 percent of their games in 2016.
Here’s the schedule in its entirety:
Denver opens the season at home against the Los Angeles Chargers. That game will be broadcast on ESPN’s Monday Night Football. It is one of five prime-time games the Broncos will play this year. The other four are: vs. the New York Giants on Sunday Night Football in Week 6; at Kansas City on Monday Night Football in Week 8; vs. New England on Sunday Night Football in Week 10; and at Indianapolis on Thursday Night Football in Week 14.
Four of the Broncos’ first five games are at home. Starting in Week 7, Denver plays seven of 10 games on the road.
The bye week comes early this year. It’s in Week 5.
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