ENGLEWOOD, Colo. —The first four games of Head Coach Vance Joseph's tenure are set.
Denver will kick off its 2017-18 preseason schedule with a trip to Chicago in Week 1, travel to play the 49ers in Week 2 and return home for a Week 3 date with the Green Bay Packers and a Week 4 clash with the Arizona Cardinals.
The Broncos' preseason slate was announced Monday afternoon during a schedule reveal on NFL Network. Specific dates and times for the preseason games will be set at a later date.
ESPN's Adam Schefter previously reported the NFL is "aiming to release its 2017 regular-season schedule the week of April 17-21."
Denver also opened the preseason in 2015 with two road games before heading home.
Week 1 (Aug. 10-13), at Chicago Bears:**
Denver travelled to Chicago in Week 1 of the 2016 preseason and shut the Bears out in a 22-0 victory. Chicago mustered just 130 yards against the Broncos during that Aug. 12 meeting.
The game will be Denver's second-straight trip to Chicago after not playing the Bears in the preseason since 2012.
Week 2 (Aug. 17-20), at San Francisco 49ers:
The Broncos hosted the 49ers in Denver in Week 2 of the 2016 preseason. The Niners came away with a 31-24 win in a game marked by Trevor Siemian's first start as he worked his way toward winning Denver's quarterback competition. He led a 10-play, 86-yard touchdown drive against the Niners' first-team defense before later throwing an interception.
The 2017 matchup will mark the sixth-consecutive season in which Denver has faced San Francisco in the preseason.
Week 3 (Aug. 24-27), vs. Green Bay Packers:
For the first time since 2008, the Broncos will face the Packers in the preseason. That 27-24 loss, which came during Mike Shanahan's final year as head coach, was also in Denver.
The Broncos did host the Packers in a regular-season matchup in November of 2015. The Broncos' defense stifled Aaron Rodgers, who they'll see a fair amount of in this year's preseason contest. Starters traditionally play at least half of the third preseason game, which serves as a dress rehearsal of sorts before a team's regular-season opener.
Week 4 (Thursday, Aug. 31), vs. Arizona Cardinals:
Arizona last travelled to Denver for Week 4 of the 2015 preseason. The Broncos lost that game 22-20 in their final tune-up before their Super Bowl 50 season.
The Broncos have closed each preseason slate with the Cardinals since 2015.
Preseason television (9NEWS)
The Broncos have an agreement with 9NEWS/KTVD-Channel 20 to televise the club's preseason games locally for the seventh consecutive year.
English radio (KOA NewsRadio)
For the 48th consecutive year, KOA NewsRadio (850 AM & 94.1 FM) will broadcast all Broncos games as the team's flagship radio station. The Fox (103.5 FM) will simulcast games for the fifth consecutive year along with the more than 60 Broncos Radio Network affiliates located throughout the Rocky Mountain West.
Spanish radio (KNRV)
Denver's Spanish radio home of the Broncos, KNRV (1150 AM), will broadcast all home and away games for the second consecutive year.
The Broncos are back at UCHealth Training Center to prepare for the 2017 season, beginning their offseason workout program. (photos by Ben Swanson)