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Broncos Are In For A Street Fight In 2014

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Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images.
Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images.

After 70 days and more than 500,000 scenarios, the NFL schedule was released, and for the second time in three years the Denver Broncos have the second-hardest slate entering the 2014 season.

The Broncos will play the NFC West throughout the year, after three of the division’s four teams won at least 10 games last season, including the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks.

Denver will not open the 2014 season against the Super Bowl champs on a Thursday night, but it will kick off its campaign on Sunday Night Football against the Indianapolis Colts. The Broncos will have a long second half of the season because they will have their bye week in Week 4.

November will be a tough month, with the Broncos playing three straight games on the road against the New England Patriots, Oakland Raiders, and the St. Louis Rams. Denver will once again travel to Foxborough for Manning-Brady Bowl XVI. Denver will have the maximum number of prime-time games throughout the year once again.

In Week 3 we will see a Super Bowl rematch, with the Broncos hoping for a better and closer game as they head to Seattle. Eric Decker will play his former team in Week 6 when Denver travels to New York to take on the Jets.

Knowshon Moreno will return to Denver in Week 12 in a Miami Dolphins jersey. Last year the Broncos had the easiest schedule entering Week 1 and it seemed that there wasn't much competition for this team as it coasted into the playoffs getting past the San Diego Chargers and Patriots on its way to the Super Bowl and getting blown out, 43-8.

With a tougher schedule and after Denver’s free agent pickups, I believe this group of games will make the Broncos ready to play an NFC West team in the Super Bowl and eventually hoist the Lombardi Trophy.

Prediction: 12-4

Here is the schedule (All times Mountain):

Week 1 : Colts Sept. 7 (NBC) 6:30

Week 2: Chiefs Sept. 14 (CBS) 2:25

Week 3: At Seahawks Sept. 21 (CBS) 2:25

Week 4: Bye

Week 5: Cardinals Oct. 5 (Fox) 2:05

Week 6: At Jets Oct. 12 (CBS) 11:00

Week 7: 49ers Oct. 19 (NBC) 6:30

Week 8: Chargers Oct. 23 (CBS) 6:25

Week 9: At Patriots Nov. 2 (CBS) 2:25

Week 10: At Raiders Nov. 9 (CBS) 2:05

Week 11: At Rams Nov. 16 (CBS) 11:00

Week 12: Dolphins Nov. 23 (CBS) 2:25

Week 13: At Chiefs Nov. 30 (NBC) 6:30

Week 14: Bills Dec. 7 (CBS) 2:05

Week 15: At Chargers Dec. 14 (CBS) 2:05

Week 16: At Bengals Dec. 22 (ESPN) 6:30

Week 17: Raiders Dec. 28 (CBS) 2:25