Apr 18, 2013 8:30 PM by Jordan Mason
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - Five nationally televised games, including a home opener against the defending Super Bowl-champion Baltimore Ravens in the NFL's Kickoff Game on Thursday, Sept. 5 (6:30 p.m. MDT), highlight the Denver Broncos' 2013 regular-season schedule, which was released by the National Football League on Thursday. The five primetime national television broadcasts equal the club's 2012 total and are tied for the second most in team history (6 in 2006) for a season.
Denver will open the season at home for the third consecutive season when it hosts the Ravens in a rematch of the AFC Divisional Playoff Round in January when Baltimore prevailed 38-35 in the second overtime.
"It is a tremendous honor for the Denver Broncos, our fans and the entire Rocky Mountain Region to host the NFL's Kickoff Game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High," Broncos Owner & CEO Pat Bowlen said. "This prestigious game has become one of the league's most celebrated traditions, and we are thrilled to play in it for the first time in our history.
"Opening the NFL season on a national stage against our playoff opponent from the previous year, the Super Bowl-champion Baltimore Ravens, will be a challenge for our team and very exciting for our fans."
Following their opener, the Broncos will travel to MetLife Stadium to play the New York Giants on Sept. 15 in the team's first road matchup with the NFC East club since the 2005 season (L, 24-23 - 10/23).
Denver will make its 66th all-time appearance on ESPN's Monday Night Football in a Week 3 home game against the Oakland Raiders on Sept. 23 to open AFC West divisional play. The Broncos will be appearing on the program for the 22nd consecutive season, extending the NFL's longest active streak and representing the second-longest streak in league history.
A home contest against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 4 (Sept. 29) will be followed by a visit to Cowboys Stadium on Oct. 6 to take on the Dallas Cowboys and another home contest against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Oct. 13.
The Broncos will travel to Indianapolis to face the Colts on ESPN's Sunday Night Football (Oct. 20, 6:30 p.m. MDT) in the club's 36th all-time appearance on the program and quarterback Peyton Manning's first trip back to the city he called home for his first 14 NFL seasons.
The Broncos will host former Head Coach Mike Shanahan and the Washington Redskins on Oct. 27 before their scheduled bye in Week 9.
Consecutive matchups with AFC West opponents greet the Broncos after the bye with the club traveling to San Diego to face the Chargers on Nov. 10 before returning home to play the Kansas City Chiefs on Nov. 17.
Denver will play its second Sunday Night Football game of the season in a trip to Gillette Stadium to play the New England Patriots (Nov. 24, 6:30 p.m. MST) followed by a home tilt against Kansas City (Dec. 1) that will represent the second contest against the Chiefs in a three-week span.
The Broncos' final regular-season home games will take place in Weeks 14-15 against Tennessee on Dec. 8 and against San Diego on Dec. 12 in a nationally-televised Thursday Night Football matchup on NFL Network (6:25 p.m. MST).
Denver will finish the season away from home for the first time since 2008 when the club makes consecutive road trips to play the Houston Texans (Dec. 22) and Oakland Raiders (Dec. 29).
The 2013 regular-season schedule features five games against clubs that qualified for the playoffs last year and four clubs that won their respective divisions. Denver's regular-season opponents had a combined record of 110-146 (.430) in 2012 for the lowest winning percentage in the league. Last season's schedule was the second toughest in the NFL with Denver's opponents compiling a 139-117 (.543) mark the previous year.
In accordance with the NFL's flexible scheduling plan, all game times for Sundays in Weeks 11-17 are subject to change.
The Broncos' complete schedule is listed below with all times local at game sites. In addition, the club's preseason schedule with dates and times has been finalized.
Click here for a printable version of the Broncos' 2013 NFL Schedule.
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2013 DENVER BRONCOS SCHEDULE
(home games in caps; all times local at site of game)
Wk. Day Date Opponent Site Time TV
1 Thu. Aug. 8 at San Francisco Candlestick Park 6 p.m. PDT KUSA-TV
2 Sat. Aug. 17 at Seattle Qwest Field 7 p.m. PDT KUSA-TV
3 Sat. Aug. 24 ST. LOUIS Sports Authority Field at Mile High 6 p.m. MDT CBS 4 Thu. Aug. 29 ARIZONA Sports Authority Field at Mile High 7 p.m. MDT KUSA-TV
Wk. Day Date Opponent Site Time TV
1 Thu. Sept. 5 BALTIMORE Sports Authority Field at Mile High 6:30 p.m. MDT NBC (NTL)
2 Sun. Sept. 15 at N.Y. Giants MetLife Stadium 4:25 p.m. EDT CBS
3 Mon. Sept. 23 OAKLAND Sports Authority Field at Mile High 6:40 p.m. MDT ESPN (NTL)
4 Sun. Sept. 29 PHILADELPHIA Sports Authority Field at Mile High 2:25 p.m. MDT FOX
5 Sun. Oct. 6 at Dallas Cowboys Stadium 3:25 p.m. CDT CBS
6 Sun. Oct. 13 JACKSONVILLE Sports Authority Field at Mile High 2:05 p.m. MDT CBS
7 Sun. Oct. 20 at Indianapolis Lucas Oil Stadium 8:30 p.m. EDT NBC (NTL)
8 Sun. Oct. 27 WASHINGTON Sports Authority Field at Mile High 2:25 p.m. MDT FOX
10 Sun. Nov. 10 at San Diego Qualcomm Stadium 1:25 p.m. PST CBS
11 Sun. Nov. 17 KANSAS CITY Sports Authority Field at Mile High 2:05 p.m. MST CBS*
12 Sun. Nov. 24 at New England Gillette Stadium 8:30 p.m. EST NBC (NTL)
13 Sun. Dec. 1 at Kansas City Arrowhead Stadium 12 p.m. CST CBS*
14 Sun. Dec. 8 TENNESSEE Sports Authority Field at Mile High 2:05 p.m. MST CBS*
15 Thu. Dec. 12 SAN DIEGO Sports Authority Field at Mile High 6:25 p.m. MST NFLN (NTL)
16 Sun. Dec. 22 at Houston Reliant Stadium 12 p.m. CST CBS*
17 Sun. Dec. 29 at Oakland O.co Coliseum 1:25 p.m. PST CBS*
* - All NFL games scheduled for Sundays from Weeks 11-17 are eligible to be moved to the Sunday night game, which is televised nationally by NBC.
NTL - denotes nationally televised game
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