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Broncos unveil 2024 schedule, featuring Week 1 game in Seattle and two prime-time matchups


ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — For the second time in three years, the Broncos will open their season visiting a former division rival.

In a slate that features two prime-time games and begins with three of four games on the road, the Broncos will kick off their 2024 season with a Week 1 matchup in Seattle against the Seahawks (Sunday, Sept. 8, 1:05 p.m. PT).

Denver also opened the 2022 season in Seattle, and this year's Week 1 matchup marks the third time in the last four years the Broncos have opened on the road. The Broncos hold a 10-13 record on the road in Week 1 games and have earned the most Week 1 wins of any team since 1960.

The Broncos will also play early season road games in Week 3 and Week 4, as Denver is set to travel to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Sunday, Sept. 22, 1 p.m. ET) and New York Jets (Sunday, Sept. 29, 1 p.m. ET). Denver's matchup against the Jets will mark the fifth consecutive season in which the two teams have played and the first game between the two teams at MetLife Stadium since a 2020 Denver win.

In the midst of the Broncos' opening stretch, they'll kick off their Empower Field at Mile High slate with a Week 2 home game against the Pittsburgh Steelers (Sunday, Sept. 15, 2:25 p.m. MT).

The Broncos' early season road trips will give way to several midseason games at Empower Field at Mile High, with Denver hosting the Las Vegas Raiders (Sunday, Oct. 6, 2:05 p.m. MT), Los Angeles Chargers (Sunday, Oct. 13, 2:05 p.m. MT) and Carolina Panthers (Sunday, Oct. 27, 2:25 p.m. MT) in Weeks 5, 6 and 8, respectively.

Denver's lone road game from Weeks 5-8 comes in Week 7, when Head Coach Sean Payton leads the Broncos against the New Orleans Saints on "Thursday Night Football." The prime-time matchup (Oct. 17, 7:15 p.m. CT) will be Payton's first game against his former team since joining the Broncos.

The Broncos will also face the Cleveland Browns in prime time as they host a "Monday Night Football" matchup (Monday, Dec. 2, 6:15 p.m. MT). Denver has appeared on "Monday Night Football" in 32 of the last 33 years.

The Broncos' bye week follows the matchup with Cleveland, and it represents Denver's latest bye since 2001.

Denver does not have a three-game road trip on its schedule after enduring that grind in 2023, but the team will play back-to-back road games on three occasions in 2024. In addition to the Broncos' games against the Buccaneers and Jets, Denver will travel to face the Ravens (Sunday, Nov. 3, 1 p.m. ET) and Chiefs (Sunday, Nov. 10, 12 p.m. CT) in Weeks 9 and 10. The Broncos will also play consecutive road games in Weeks 16 and 17 against the Chargers (Sunday, Dec. 22, 1:05 p.m. PT) and Bengals (Saturday, Dec. 28 or Sunday, Dec. 29).

Denver's schedule also features multiple stretches in which the Broncos will play three of four games on the road, including Weeks 1-4, Weeks 7-10 and Weeks 9-12. Beginning in Week 7 with their Thursday night trip to New Orleans, the Broncos will play four of their next six games on the road.

The Broncos' division slate begins with the back-to-back home matchups against the Raiders and Chargers in Weeks 5 and 6, as Denver looks to snap an eight-game skid against Las Vegas and continue a five-game winning streak vs. Los Angeles. Denver's first matchup with the Chiefs comes in the Week 10 trip to Arrowhead, and the Broncos will look to earn a second consecutive home win vs. Kansas City to close the season in Week 18 (Saturday, Jan. 4 or Sunday, Jan. 5). The Broncos' road trips to face the Raiders and Chargers come in Week 12 (Sunday, Nov. 24, 1:05 p.m. PT) and Week 16, respectively.

Specific dates and times for Denver's Week 17 and Week 18 games have yet to be announced. The NFL announces the schedule for Week 18 following the conclusion of Week 17.

Denver will play six games against 2023 playoff teams during the upcoming season, with back-to-back games against last year's playoff teams coming twice during the slate. The Broncos will face Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay in Weeks 2 and 3 and the Ravens and Chiefs in Weeks 9 and 10.

The Broncos' schedule includes matchups against each team in the AFC North and NFC South, as well as the 2023 third-place finishers in the AFC South, AFC East and NFC West.

In addition to the Broncos' regular-season schedule, the team's preseason opponents were also announced. The Broncos will travel to play the Colts (Sunday, Aug. 11, 1 p.m. ET) in the first week of the preseason before hosting the Packers (Sunday, Aug. 18, 6 p.m. MT) and Cardinals (Sunday, Aug. 25, 2:30 p.m. MT) in Weeks 2 and 3, respectively.

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