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Denver Broncos schedule and 2021 season predictions

Denver Broncos schedule and predictions
Sep 14, 2020; Denver, Colorado, USA; A Denver Broncos helmet on the ground before the game against the Tennessee Titans at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Denver Broncos schedule this week

Week 3 -- vs. New York Jets

DateTime (ET)TV
Sunday, Sept. 264:05CBS
  • Point spread: Broncos -10.5 (BetMGM)
  • Moneyline: Broncos (-650), Jets (+475)
  • Over/under: 41.5
  • Sportsnaut prediction: Broncos 24, Jets 14

The Denver Broncos defense just made Trevor Lawrence look like he still belonged in college. Set to face Zach Wilson and a decimated Jets' offensive line in Week 3, we're expecting similar results. Denver's offense should score early, allowing the defense to tee off on a rookie quarterback.

Denver Broncos schedule predictions, roster outlook

Denver Broncos schedule, predictions
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  • The Broncos schedule starts with several winnable games against the New York Giants, Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Jets.
  • Sportsnaut predicts that the Broncos will finish with a 6-11 record.

Denver Broncos roster outlook

Denver Broncos schedule predictions

Week 1 -- Denver Broncos defeated the New York Giants on the road, 27-13

  • When: Sunday, September 12 at 4:05 PM EST on FOX
  • Spread: Broncos -3.0
  • Moneyline: Giants -105; Broncos -117
  • Sportsnaut prediction: Giants 23, Broncos 17

All in all, Sunday's season opener against the Giants in New Jersey went swimmingly for Denver. Teddy Bridgewater completed 28-of-36 passes for 264 yards with two touchdowns against zero interceptions. The Broncos' potentially elite defense also held Saquon Barkley to 26 yards on 10 attempts. Unfortunately, a high-ankle sprain suffered by star wide receiver Jerry Jeudy put a damper on things.

Week 2 -- Denver Broncos beat the Jacksonville Jaguars, 23-13

DateTime (ET)TV
Sunday, Sept. 191:00 PMCBS
  • Point spread: Broncos -6.0
  • Moneyline: Jaguars +210; Broncos -260
  • Over/under: 45.0
  • Sportsnaut prediction: Broncos 31, Jaguars 13

After allowing Trevor Lawrence to march down the field for a game-opening touchdown, the Denver Broncos put the clamps on the Jacksonville Jaguars and cruised to victory. The best news from Sunday's win, leading to a 2-0 start, Teddy Bridgewater and Courtland Sutton are clicking.

Denver Broncos schedule: New York Jets
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Week 4 -- vs. Baltimore Ravens

DateTime (ET)TV
Sunday, Oct. 34:25 PMCBS

Whether it’s Drew Lock or Teddy Bridgewater under center, the Broncos are going to have a ton of issues scoring against good defenses in 2021. This Week 4 matchup will magnify that with Denver’s solid duo at wide receiver in Courtland Sutton and Jerry Jeudy being snuffed out by Baltimore’s equally elite cornerback tandem.

  • Week 4 prediction: Ravens 27, Broncos 17

Week 5 -- @ Pittsburgh Steelers

DateTime (ET)TV
Sunday, Oct. 101:00 PMFOX

Denver's defense should do enough to keep this game close, especially with the pass-protection issues that Pittsburgh has in front of the immobile Ben Roethlisberger. Unfortunately, I just don't envision the Broncos having enough firepower on offense to come away with the road win in Week 5.

  • Week 5 prediction: Steelers 20, Broncos 13

Week 6 -- vs. Las Vegas Raiders

DateTime (ET)TV
Sunday, Oct. 174:25CBS

It’s pretty simple. If Las Vegas is going to earn a surprise appearances in the playoffs this season, it will need to sweep one of the Chargers or Broncos. The Raiders boast the most-difficult schedule in the league. Acquiring divisional wins is going to be huge. As for the Broncos, they were 2-6 at home a season ago and are under .500 at Mile High under Vic Fangio. Expect these two things to play a huge role in an upset Raiders road win.

  • Week 6 prediction: Broncos 24, Raiders 17

Week 7 -- @ Cleveland Browns (TNF)

DateTime (ET)TV
Thursday, Oct. 218:20 PMFOX/NFLN/Amazon

The quarterback situation in Denver is anywhere from unsettled to unspectacular. Vic Fangio can coach up that defense all he wants, but unless a better trigger man for the offense comes around, its young skill position talent will go to waste in 2021. That spells another Browns victory.

Week 7 prediction: Browns 30, Broncos 20

Week 8 -- vs. Washington Football Team

DateTime (ET)TV
Sunday, Oct. 314:25 PMFOX

We’re looking at some low-scoring affairs in the Mile High City. When you take into account Washington’s stifling defense, this is magnified further. In what should be a hotly-contested affair, I am going with the home team to do just enough to come out on top.

  • Week 8 prediction: Broncos 20, Washington 17

Week 9 -- @ Dallas Cowboys

DateTime (ET)TV
Sunday, Nov. 71:00 PMFOX

We're expecting a closer than anticipated matchup in this midseason game. Sure the Cowboys have a ton of talent on offense with Ezekiel Elliott, CeeDee Lamb, Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup at the skill positions. But Denver's secondary might be one of the best units in the NFL. At the very least, that should keep this game close.

  • Week 9 prediction: Cowboys 27, Broncos 23

Week 10 -- vs. Philadelphia Eagles

DateTime (ET)TV
Sunday, Nov. 144:25 PMCBS

Few teams have a less certain or more dubious quarterback situation than the Eagles, but Denver is one of them. Whoever is under center for the Broncos must step up in games against like opponents. As for Philadelphia, greenish quarterback Jalen Hurts might struggle in the face of what promises to be a solid Broncos pass rush.

  • Week 10 prediction: Broncos 23, Eagles 17

WEEK 11 BYE

Week 12 -- vs. Los Angeles Chargers

DateTime (ET)TV
Sunday, Nov. 284:05 PMCBS

Protecting its homefield. That will be key for Denver as the team looks to overcome what was a disappointing 2020 season. The Broncos are under .500 at home during the Vic Fangio era. This must change in short order. The good news? Denver's defense held Justin Herbert to four touchdowns against two interceptions as a rookie. Should this trend continue in 2021, I wouldn't be shocked with a home win over the ascending Chargers.

  • Week 12 prediction: Broncos 24, Chargers 20
Denver Broncos schedule
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Week 13 -- @ Kansas City Chiefs

DateTime (ET)TV
Sunday, Dec. 51:00 PMCBS

Kansas City has outscored Denver 118-41 in their past four outings, winning each one. There's not much more that can be said here. Patrick Mahomes and Co. will dominate.

  • Week 13 prediction: Chiefs 31, Broncos 17

Week 14 -- vs. Detroit Lions

DateTime (ET)TV
Sunday, Dec. 124:05 PMFOX

Yet another game that should at least be competitive for the Lions, I still have a hard time believing that their offense will be able to do much against Von Miller, Bradley Chubb, Patrick Surtain II and Justin Simmons. While Detroit might keep Denver’s offense in check, this is a difficult road matchup.

  • Week 14 prediction: Broncos 28, Lions 13

Week 15 -- vs. Cincinnati Bengals

DateTime (ET)TV
Sunday, Dec. 194:05 PMCBS

Playing in the altitude is usually a tall task for opponents unfamiliar with the unique elements in the Mile High City. Since Cincinnati’s defense is already lacking playmakers, and the Broncos have the personnel at cornerback to hold up against the Bengals’ loaded receiving corps, Denver should take care of business.

  • Week 15 prediction: Broncos 28, Bengals 24

Week 16 -- @ Las Vegas Raiders

DateTime (ET)TV
Sunday, Dec. 264:25 PMCBS

What we do know is that Las Vegas has won five of its past seven against Denver. Taking on the Broncos at home in what promises to be an electric Allegiant Stadium, we’re expecting that to be the case in Week 16. Whether it leads to playoff contention. Well, that’s unlikely.

  • Week 16 prediction: Raiders 27, Broncos 24

Week 17 -- @ Los Angeles Chargers

DateTime (ET)TV
Sunday, Jan. 24:05 PMCBS

Winning on the road against similar competition has proven to be an issue for the Broncos. Now that Los Angeles is going to be welcoming fans into their new Southern California stadium for the 2021 season, that will be magnified here.

  • Week 17 prediction: Chargers 27, Broncos 16

Week 18 -- vs. Kansas City Chiefs

DateTime (ET)TV
Sunday, Jan. 94:25 PMCBS

See Week 13.

  • Week 18 prediction: Chiefs 24, Broncos 13

Denver Broncos projected record: 8-9