The Broncos' 2018 schedule was going to be tough enough given the competition in their own division. But a handful of regular-season games from matchups with the AFC North and NFC West provide even more challenges for Denver this season.
The key for the Broncos as they look over their 2018 schedule is no secret regardless of opponents: If Denver can't solve its quarterback problem, it will have another down season. Defenses in Los Angeles, Houston and Arizona, just to name a few, won't make that task any easier.
Below is a breakdown of the Broncos' 2018 schedule.
Broncos schedule 2018
Broncos regular-season schedule
|Date||Opponent||Kickoff time||TV network|
|Sept. 9||vs. Seattle Seahawks||4:05 p.m.||(FOX)|
|Sept. 16||vs. Oakland Raiders||4:05 p.m.||(CBS)|
|Sept. 23||at Baltimore Ravens||1 p.m.||(CBS)|
|Oct. 1||vs. Kansas City Chiefs||8:15 p.m.||(ESPN)|
|Oct. 7||at New York Jets||1 p.m.||(CBS)|
|Oct. 14||vs. Los Angeles Rams||4:05 p.m.||(FOX)|
|Oct. 18||at Arizona Cardinals||8:20 p.m.||(FOX/NFLN)|
|Oct. 28||at Kansas City Chiefs||1 p.m.||(CBS)|
|Nov. 4||vs. Houston Texans||4:05 p.m.||(CBS)|
|Nov. 18||at Los Angeles Chargers||4:05 p.m.||(CBS)|
|Nov. 25||vs. Pittsburgh Steelers||4:25 p.m.||(CBS)|
|Dec. 2||at Cincinnati Bengals||1 p.m.||(CBS)|
|Dec. 9||at San Francisco 49ers||4:05 p.m.||(CBS)|
|Dec. 15||vs. Cleveland Browns||TBD||(NFLN)|
|Dec. 24||at Oakland Raiders||8:15 p.m.||(ESPN)|
|Dec. 30||vs. Los Angeles Chargers||4:05 p.m.||(CBS)|
Broncos preseason schedule
|Week 1||Minnesota||9 p.m.|
|Week 2||Chicago||9:05 p.m.|
|Week 3||at Washington||7:30 p.m.|
|Week 4||at Arizona||10 p.m.|
Nov. 11 BYE
Toughest tests: Beyond the typical challenges that come with road games in Kansas City, Los Angeles and Oakland, San Francisco will present Denver it's toughest away game in 2018. The Broncos' home games against the Texans, Rams and Steelers, teams that figure to be strong playoff contenders, pad the schedule with even more tests for whoever starts at QB in Denver.
Biggest breaks: Drawing the Texans, Rams and Steelers at home is a break for the Broncos, who also host the Browns as part of the AFC North matchup. Four of the five non-division games on Denver's road schedule are winnable on paper.
Bottom line: Even if Case Keenum starts at quarterback and plays well for Denver in 2018, its schedule, combined with the talent in its own division, makes a playoff push doubtful. Before they even think about where they stand in the AFC with contenders like the Texans and Steelers on their schedule, the Broncos need to take care of their standing in the AFC West. Those six games will define Denver's season. Record prediction: 7-9