Denver Broncos' schedule will be no picnic in Year 1 for Vic Fangio

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- The NFL has released its 2019 regular-season schedule. Here's a look at what's in store for the Denver Broncos.

Game-by-game prediction

Broncos reporter Jeff Legwold is predicting an 8-8 finish:

Sept. 9: at Oakland, loss

Sept. 15: vs. Chicago, win

Sept. 22: at Green Bay, loss

Sept. 29: vs. Jacksonville, win

Oct. 6: at Los Angeles Chargers, loss

Oct. 13: vs. Tennessee, win

Oct. 17: vs. Kansas City, loss

Oct. 27: at Indianapolis, loss

Nov. 3: vs. Cleveland, win

Nov. 17: at Minnesota, win

Nov. 24: at Buffalo, win

Dec. 1: vs. Los Angeles Chargers, loss

Dec. 8: at Houston, loss

Dec. 15: at Kansas City, loss

Dec. 21 or 22: vs. Detroit, win

Dec. 29: vs. Oakland, win

Strength of schedule: 2, .537 opponent win percentage


The Broncos will open on the road for the first time since 2010, Josh McDaniels' second season as the team's coach. The Broncos' opener will be the late Monday Night Football game on the opening weekend and the last game of Week 1. Overall, the Broncos are going to have to do some heavy lifting in coach Vic Fangio's first season. They have seven games against 2018 playoff teams to go with games against the revamped Browns and Raiders. Toss in a traditionally difficult trip to Lambeau Field in Week 3 to face the Packers and a December trip to Arrowhead, and the Broncos will have a tough time getting and keeping their balance if they don't exit training camp with their house in order. They do get a 50-50 sort of schedule with a Week 10 bye week to go with four road games before the bye and four after the bye.

Weather report

After Wednesday's minicamp practice, Broncos linebacker Von Miller wanted to know only one thing about the Broncos' schedule: "I'm wondering when we play in Green Bay," Miller said. "... Hopefully it's not late December or something like that." Told the Broncos will play at Lambeau in Week 3 (Sept. 22), Miller said: "That's good. That's the only thing I was worried about. We're going to be in Green Bay at the beginning of the year, I'm cool with that."

Secondary is a primary concern

With cornerback Chris Harris Jr.'s decision to not attend the team's voluntary workouts in the offseason program in hopes that he receives a contract extension, it's a good time to point out that the Broncos will face plenty in the upper tier of the quarterback rankings. They'll get league MVP Patrick Mahomes and Philip Rivers twice in their division, plus Aaron Rodgers (Week 3), Andrew Luck (Week 8), Baker Mayfield (Week 9), Kirk Cousins (Week 11), Deshaun Watson (Week 14) and Matthew Stafford (Week 16). Oh, and wide receiver Antonio Brown now resides in the division with the Raiders -- Week 1 and Week 17 -- and the Broncos will face Odell Beckham Jr. when he and Mayfield come to Denver on Nov. 3.