DENVER — As the Broncos conclude their 2018 season, it’s not too early to look ahead to the 2019 schedule.
Following the conclusion of Sunday’s early slate of games, the Broncos’ opponents for the upcoming season are set.
In addition to their normal divisional matchups against the Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers and Oakland Raiders, the Broncos will host the Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions and Cleveland Browns.
They’ll visit the same AFC West foes and also take trips to play the Minnesota Vikings, Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts, Houston Texans and Buffalo Bills.
The location of the Broncos’ road game against the Raiders is not yet set. The Broncos could possibly play the Raiders abroad, as the NFL has not announced which teams will serve as the visiting teams for next year's international series. Both the Raiders and the Chargers are scheduled to be among the five home teams.
Each season, the Broncos play each of their AFC West opponents at home and on the road (six games), each team from another AFC division (four games), each team from an NFC division (four games) and a pair of games against AFC teams based on the 2018 standings.
In 2019, the Broncos are assigned the AFC South, NFC North and the third-place teams from the AFC North and AFC East.
The Bills secured third place in the AFC East after defeating the Dolphins 42-17. The Browns were already locked into third place in the AFC North ahead of their Week 17 game, because the Steelers hold the head-to-head tiebreak if both teams were to finish 8-7-1.
The Broncos’ complete schedule — including preseason contests — is expected to be released in April.