Denver Broncos schedule this week
Week 3 -- vs. New York Jets
|Sunday, Sept. 26||4:05||CBS|
- 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
- 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
- QB -- Teddy Bridgewater, Drew Lock
- RB -- Melvin Gordon, Javonte Williams (R), Royce Freeman
- WR -- Courtland Sutton, Jerry Jeudy, K.J. Hamler, Tim Patrick
- TE -- Noah Fant
- Defense -- Broncos ranked first in the NFL this week.
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
|Sunday, Sept. 19||1:00 PM||CBS|
- 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.
Week 4 -- vs. Baltimore Ravens
|Sunday, Oct. 3||4:25 PM||CBS|
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
|Sunday, Oct. 10||1:00 PM||FOX|
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
|Sunday, Oct. 17||4:25||CBS|
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)
|Thursday, Oct. 21||8:20 PM||FOX/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
|Sunday, Oct. 31||4:25 PM||FOX|
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
|Sunday, Nov. 7||1:00 PM||FOX|
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
|Sunday, Nov. 14||4:25 PM||CBS|
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
|Sunday, Nov. 28||4:05 PM||CBS|
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
Week 13 -- @ Kansas City Chiefs
|Sunday, Dec. 5||1:00 PM||CBS|
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
|Sunday, Dec. 12||4:05 PM||FOX|
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
|Sunday, Dec. 19||4:05 PM||CBS|
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
|Sunday, Dec. 26||4:25 PM||CBS|
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
|Sunday, Jan. 2||4:05 PM||CBS|
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
|Sunday, Jan. 9||4:25 PM||CBS|
See Week 13.
- Week 18 prediction: Chiefs 24, Broncos 13