Instant takeaways from the Broncos' 2017 Schedule

Apr 22, 2017, 00:20
Instant takeaways from the Broncos' 2017 Schedule

While the actual NFL regular season is still more than four months away, we finally get our first taste of how the year will go thanks to the full slate of dates and times being released publicly by the league on Thursday night. It's 141 days until we kick off the season with Alex Smith in primetime. It comes right before the first of two Dolphins games in three weeks. It will be a significant test for the Cowboys as they attempt to remain in the top-contender mix in the NFC in Year 2 for quarterback Dak Prescott and tailback Ezekiel Elliott.

It's not often you see a team have three games in a row either way, but that home-heavy start means the Broncos spend the rest of the season trying to balance back out and that means a three-game "road trip" from Weeks 7 to 9.

At some point Atlanta was going to have to face the specters of their Super Bowl LI defeat, and here it is. Other notable games include a week 11 trip to Mexico to take on the rising Oakland Raiders, and a week 15 away game against an always hard opponent in the Pittsburgh Steelers.

But when the team's schedule is officially released, there's always that handful of games that transcend "must-see TV" and become the one thing in the sporting world that you need to sit down and watch.

The Packers open their season at home against the Seattle Seahawks on September 10. Given its relatively late position on the schedule, this game could carry significant playoff implications.

With a second high altitude game in the west one week after visiting Denver, the Patriots might opt to stay on the road instead of traveling back to New England again.

Sherman, a fullback who played collegiately at CT and played his first two National Football League seasons with the Arizona Cardinals, last visited Gillette Stadium during the 2015 playoffs. Oakland closes the season with a road game against the Chargers on December 31, a game at which the Raiders might have more fan support than the home team. So there's that. As for the Ravens, you can say this much: They haven't taken their playoff absences lightly. The Raiders asked for such a situation, and likely won't come home in between games. If it is not, New England has the advantage of facing two opponents, who they should be able to beat under normal circumstances.

The Cleveland Browns, 1-15 last season and 29-83 since the start of the 2010 season, will make their first regular-season trip to the United Kingdom for a Week 8 matchup against the Minnesota Vikings.

Francesa just announced the #Giants 2017 schedule on air. The final two games are against the team from that division that finishes in the same spot in the previous year's standings. The Chiefs have not won at Foxborough since 1990, a stretch that includes six straight losses, including a playoff game in the 2015 season.

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