Von Miller leads the Broncos onto the field in Denver for their Week 2 game against the Cowboys.
The NFL on Thursday unveiled its full schedule for the 2018 regular season. Here’s a look at the Broncos’ opponents for 2018, week by week:
WEEK 1: Seattle Seahawks at Denver Broncos
It’s been four years since Seattle humiliated Denver, 43-8, at Super Bowl XLVIII. They haven’t met since. The last time the former division rivals faced off, in Denver in 2010, quarterback Russell Wilson was a member of the Colorado Rockies’ farm system.
WEEK 2: Oakland Raiders at Denver Broncos
Oakland and Denver have split their season series in each of the past three years. Some of the on-field heat between the storied rivals will have cooled as Aqib Talib (Rams) and Michael Crabtree (Ravens) are no longer with their respective teams. So there goes the chain-snatching.
WEEK 3: Denver Broncos at Baltimore Ravens
The Ravens have missed the playoffs for three straight years. A year ago, Baltimore finished ninth in the NFL in points scored (24.7/game) and their historically strong defense allowed the sixth fewest points (18.9). So the talent is there.
WEEK 4: Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos
Farewell, Alex Smith. It’s time to usher in the Patrick Mahomes era. The Chiefs are all-in with their second-year quarterback from Texas Tech, who made his debut last year against the Broncos, leading KC to a 27-24 victory in Game 16. Kansas City has won its last five games against Denver.
WEEK 5: Denver Broncos at New York Jets
Look for the Jets to draft a quarterback high next week. Veteran Josh McCown is the starter, for now, backed up by newly signed Teddy Bridgewater, who hasn’t played in two years.
WEEK 6: Los Angeles Rams at Denver Broncos
A must-see matchup. Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips returns to Denver and he brings with him a lot of firepower. The Rams’ defense bulked up this off-season with the additions of defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh, cornerback Marcus Peters and former Broncos All-Pro cornerback Aqib Talib. On top of all that, Los Angeles had the NFL’s most potent offense last year, averaging 29.9 points.
WEEK 7: Denver Broncos at Arizona Cardinals
Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald enters his 15th NFL season as he continues to climb up the all-time career receiving records lists. Former Carolina defensive coordinator Steve Wilks is in his first year as head coach and he’s got the talented but brittle Sam Bradford playing quarterback.
WEEK 8: Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs
The Broncos have lost their last two contests at Arrowhead Stadium when Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker peppered Denver to death with five field goals. The Broncos defense has had no answer covering tight end Travis Kelce in recent games.
WEEK 9: Houston Texans at Denver Broncos
Before suffering a season-ending injury, rookie quarterback DeShaun Watson gave Houston a highly potent offense that averaged 39 points in his final five starts. However, the Texans allowed a league-worst 27.3 points a game to their opponents en route to a 4-12 record.
WEEK 10: Bye week
WEEK 11: Denver Broncos at Los Angeles Chargers
The Broncos return to the StubHub Center, site of their first shutout loss since 1992 last year. Running back Austin Ekeler — a product of Eaton High School and Western State — caught his first career touchdown reception in the game, a 1-yard pass from Philip Rivers.
WEEK 12: Pittsburgh Steelers at Denver Broncos
The Steelers march into Denver bringing with them one of the NFL’s most potent offenses. Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell lead the Steelers’ potent offensive attack.
WEEK 13: Denver Broncos at Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals finished near the bottom of the NFL in yards passing (26th) and rushing (31st) last season. But they still beat the Broncos in Denver, 20-17, in Brock Osweiler’s final start. Acquiring left tackle Cordy Glenn should help bolster their offensive line.
WEEK 14: Denver Broncos at San Francisco 49ers
Coach Kyle Shanahan comes to Denver for the first time since taking over the 49ers’ gig. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo posted strong numbers in his five games after becoming the team’s starter, completing 67 percent of his passes for 1,542 yards and six touchdowns.
WEEK 15: Cleveland Browns at Denver Broncos
The last time Cleveland had a winning season, George W. Bush was still president. Over the last two years, the Browns have gone 1-31 under head coach Hue Jackson. But the Browns should be much better. They have the No. 1 and No. 4 picks in next week’s draft and in the off-season added QB Tyrod Taylor, RB Carlos Hyde and WR Jarvis Landry.
WEEK 16: Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders
In what could be Denver’s final visit to Oakland before the Raiders move to Las Vegas, the Broncos will have their hands full trying to contain linebacker Khalil Mack. In eight games against Denver, Mack has recorded 10 sacks.
WEEK 17: Los Angeles Chargers at Denver Broncos
The Chargers will look to build off the momentum of winning nine of their last 12 games a season ago. Running back Melvin Gordon is their workhorse. Last year he became the first Chargers player to record 1,000 yards rushing since Ryan Matthews in 2013.