2022 Denver Broncos schedule: Dates, times and analysis

The last two Super Bowl champions share one thing in common – both have made substantial improvements at quarterback during their respective championship years. Of course, we’re talking about the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Los Angeles Rams, who signed Tom Brady and Matthew Stafford respectively. As we look to 2022, the Denver Broncos hope a similar fate awaits after their acquisition of former Seattle Seahawks legend Russell Wilson.

Wilson offers stability the Broncos haven’t had since Peyton Manning’s retirement. Wilson will have the luxury of playing alongside talented point guards like Jerry Jeudy, Courtland Sutton and Javonte Williams, as well as working with former Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett, who has been hired as the new head coach. from Denver. Hackett is expected to “let Russ cook” way more than Pete Carroll ever did in what could be an explosive Broncos offense.

Wilson will be complemented by a Super Bowl-caliber defense, ranked seventh in 2021, and added talented pass thrower Randy Gregory, formerly of the Dallas Cowboys, this offseason.

With a roster built to win now, their split is the only thing stopping the Broncos from a deep playoff run. The AFC West is arguably the toughest in all of football, with the Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers and Las Vegas Raiders all having a realistic chance of making the playoffs. Denver can ill afford slip-ups, especially against lesser competition, if it hopes to play in January.

In what should be an exciting year in Mile High City, let’s take a look at the Broncos’ 2022 regular season schedule.

Week 1 @ Seattle Seahawks

Date: monday september 12
Time: 8:15 p.m. ET

Russell Wilson makes his highly anticipated return to Seattle on Monday Night Football – the first of Denver’s five prime-time games. One of the greatest players in Seahawks history, Wilson led the team for ten remarkable seasons, leading them to victory in Super Bowl XLVIII. It should receive a warm reception despite the tension surrounding its release.

Week 2 vs. Houston Texans

Date: Sunday September 18
Time: 4:25 p.m. ET

Wilson couldn’t have asked for an easier game on his home debut. The 33-year-old is 3-0 in his career against the rebuilding Houston Texans.

Week 3 vs San Francisco 49ers

Date: Sunday September 25
Time: 8:20 p.m. ET

Denver’s first real test comes against a San Francisco 49ers team that qualified for last season’s NFC Championship Game. This game is also a clash between two of the league’s brightest offensive minds, San Francisco’s Kyle Shanahan and Broncos’ Nathaniel Hackett.

Week 4 @ Las Vegas Raiders

Date: Sunday October 2
Time: 4:25 p.m. ET

The Broncos travel to Las Vegas for their first divisional matchup of the season. Surprisingly, Denver has lost six consecutive road games against the Raiders.

Week 5 vs Indianapolis Colts

Date: Thursday, October 6
Time: 8:15 p.m. ET

It’s been a short week for the Broncos, who host former Atlanta Falcons great Matt Ryan and the Indianapolis Colts at Mile High.

Week 6 @ Los Angeles Chargers

Date: monday october 17
Time: 8:15 p.m. ET

The quarterback game between Wilson and LA’s Justin Herbert is perfectly suited for prime time. Denver is 2-2 since Herbert became the Chargers’ QB in 2020.

Week 7 vs. New York Jets

Date: Sunday October 23
Time: 4:05 p.m. ET

The New York Jets should be much improved following their impressive number of draft picks. Still, it’s a must win for Denver, given the vaunted nature of the AFC West.

Week 8 @ Jacksonville Jaguars

Date: Sunday October 30
Time: 9:30 a.m. ET

The Broncos travel to London for a date with the Jags in another unmissable deal. Denver is 0-2 lifetime in London. Is the third time the charm?

Week 9 GOODBYE

Week 10 @ Tennessee Titans

Date: sunday november 13
Time: 1:00 p.m. ET

The Tennessee Titans present an interesting challenge in 2022. Wide star AJ Brown may be gone, but the Denver D will still have to slow down the game’s most dominant running back in Derrick Henry. The Broncos were 14th in rushing yards allowed per game last season (111.3).

Week 11 vs. Las Vegas Raiders

Date: Sunday November 20
Time: 4:05 p.m. ET

The second and final meeting sees Denver welcome back their former head coach, Josh McDaniels from the Raiders. McDaniels, who coached the team from 2009-10, went 11-17 in a disastrous tenure.

Week 12 @ Carolina Panthers

Date: Sunday November 27
Time: 1:00 p.m. ET

Denver’s last game before a tough closing streak comes against a Carolina Panthers team that could play under an interim head coach with Matt Rhule in the hot seat.

The Broncos are 6-1 against Carolina.

Week 13 @ Baltimore Ravens

Date: Sunday, December 4
Time: 1:00 p.m. ET

Baltimore may be thin on the back, but Lamar Jackson presents a nightmarish matchup for any defense. The Ravens should also be much healthier than last season when injuries derailed their 8-3 start. Needless to say, Denver will be in trouble.

Week 14 vs Kansas City Chiefs

Date: sunday december 11
Time: 8:20 p.m. ET

Thirteen. That’s how many consecutive losses the Broncos have suffered at the hands of the Chiefs. Can Wilson and company finally snap this streak?

Week 15 vs. Arizona Cardinals

Date: Sunday, December 18
Time: 4:05 p.m. ET

Denver’s defense will have their hands full, stopping Arizona’s impressive wide receiver duo of DeAndre Hopkins and Marquise Brown, not to mention quarterback Kyler Murray’s dual-threat ability.

Week 16 @ Los Angeles Rams

Date: Sunday, December 25
Time: 4:30 p.m. ET

There’s no better test to see where the Broncos stand than a matchup with the defending Super Bowl champions. If Denver is in the hunt for the playoffs, the Broncos’ performance in this Christmas Day showdown should go a long way in determining whether they’re a legitimate contender.

Week 17 @ Kansas City Chiefs

Date: Sunday January 1
Time: 1:00 p.m. ET

The AFC West crown could be on the line when the Broncos travel to Arrowhead Stadium on New Years Day.

Week 18 vs. Los Angeles Chargers

Date: To be determined
Time: To be determined

Last season, the Chargers and Raiders faced off in a memorable Week 18 fight, with the winner earning a playoff berth. Could the Broncos end up in the same situation? It wouldn’t be a shock.

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