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Broncos' 2016 opponents set

DENVER --The final two pieces of the Broncos' 2016 roster of opponents fell into place Sunday when they clinched their fifth consecutive AFC West title.

Their status as division champions means the Broncos will be paired with fellow division winners New England and Cincinnati in AFC inter-divisional play.

The Broncos play the entire AFC South, so the only teams from the AFC East and AFC North they will play were determined by the standings. The second-place Chiefs will play at the Steelers and host the Jets.

The 2016 season will mark the sixth consecutive campaign in which the Broncos have played the Patriots, and the fifth time in six years the Broncos have faced the Bengals.

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The rest of the slate for Gary Kubiak's team was determined by divisional alignment and inter-divisional and inter-conference rotation, which brings the NFC South onto the Broncos' slate for the first time since 2012.

Because of a long-term scheduling shuffle designed to prevent East Coast teams from making their two long West Coast trips in the same season, 2016 will see the Panthers and Falcons make their first visits to Denver in 12 years, while the Broncos play at New Orleans and Tampa Bay for the first time in a dozen years. The Broncos played at Atlanta and Carolina in both 2008 and 2012.

Dates and times for the 2016 schedule will be announced in the spring.

BRONCOS 2016 HOME OPPONENTS:

Chargers
Chiefs
Raiders
Colts
Texans
Falcons
Panthers
Patriots

BRONCOS 2016 AWAY OPPONENTS:

Chargers
Chiefs
Raiders
Jaguars
Titans
Buccaneers
Saints
Bengals

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