A Look Ahead to the Broncos 2013 Season

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Posted Wed, May 1, 2013

ORANGE CRUSH: In the first quarter of the NFL game between the Denver Broncos and the Philadelphia Eagles,December 27, 2009, in Philadelphia,PA. [Photo by Denver Bronocs]

ORANGE RUSH: Group forced fumble during the first quarter of the NFL game between the Denver Broncos and the Philadelphia Eagles,December 27, 2009, in Philadelphia,PA. [Photo courtesy of Denver Broncos team photography]

DENVER–The awaited 2013 Denver Broncos schedule has just been released. Peyton Manning’s success with the team last year gives critics and fans high hopes for this season. The Broncos remain one of the favorites to win it all, and their schedule suggests a favorable 2013 season.

Week 1: Baltimore Ravens

For the first time in a decade, the Super Bowl champs open the season on the road because of a scheduling conflict with their home baseball team, the Orioles. This game will be a rematch of last season’s double overtime thriller.

Prediction: With a thirst for revenge, Broncos will win.

Week 2: at New York Giants…aka “The Manning Bowl”

The showdown of the Manning brothers! Eli has two Super Bowls under his belt, while Peyton has only one. However, this doesn’t mean Eli’s the better quarterback. Peyton begins his quest to match his brother this season.

Prediction: Broncos win a tight battle in the fourth quarter with defense.

Week 3: Oakland Raiders

The Broncos look to blow out division rivals at home in their second primetime game of the season.

Prediction: Simply put, Broncos win big here.

Week 4: Philadelphia Eagles

Michael Vick and company visit the Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in week four. Von Miller and the Denver defense will need to find a way to contain Vick, who should find success under a new coaching scheme this season.

Prediction: Broncos win a tight one.

Week 5: at Dallas Cowboys

Peyton Manning and the Broncos travel to Big D to play the Cowboys. It will be Manning’s first appearance in the house Jerry Jones built.

Prediction: Broncos win in a shootout dual between Manning and Tony Romo.

Week 6: Jacksonville Jaguars 

An underestimated team, Jacksonville will make this game competitive. The return of Maurice Jones Drew will make the Jaguars’ offense difficult to contain.

Prediction: Broncos win a close game that they should have won easily. “Ugly win.”

 

Week 7: at Indianapolis Colts

 

In the matchup of the week, Sunday night hosts the return of Peyton Manning to Indy. Manning spent his entire career with the Colts before signing with the Broncos in 2012. This is guaranteed to be an emotional game for everyone.

 

Prediction: Manning out-duals Andrew Luck, and Broncos win a tough fought game on the road.

 

Week 8: Washington Redskins

 

The Broncos return home to face their former coach, Mike Shanahan. He was the head coach of the Broncos from 1995 to 2008, leading them to two Super Bowl victories. This will be Shanahan’s first return to Denver since he left the team in 2008 and he will be welcomed back by Denver fans.

 

Prediction: Shanahan bests his former team in a close battle that comes down to inches.

 

Week 9: Bye 

 

The bye week comes at a perfect time for the Broncos after their first loss of the season.

 

Week 10: at San Diego Chargers

 

The Broncos will see a mirror image of themselves when they play in southern California against the Chargers. First year Chargers’ head coach, Mike McCoy, was the offensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos last season.

 

Prediction: Broncos win handedly as the Chargers offer inferior talent.

 

Week 11: Kansas City Chiefs 

 

Kansas City comes to town with a potentially potent offense led by new head coach, Andy Reid. The Chiefs’ offense has enough weapons to be very explosive under Reid’s new scheme.

 

Prediction: Broncos dominate at home as the Denver defense steps up and makes big plays.

 

Week 12: at New England Patriots 

 

In yet another primetime game, Foxboro hosts the classic quarterback dual of Tom Brady versus Peyton Manning. The game is also the return of all-pro wide receiver, Wes Welker. In a possible preview of the AFC championship, this one promises to entertain.

 

Prediction: Tom Brady and the Patriots prevail at home as the cold weather is not in Manning’s favor.

 

Week 13: at Kansas City Chiefs 

 

For the second time in three weeks, the Broncos face off against the Chiefs. Historically, the Broncos have struggled at Arrowhead Stadium, but this year’s squad has too much talent.

 

Prediction: Broncos win a difficult road game late into overtime.

 

Week 14: Tennessee Titans 

 

The Tennessee Titans are coming to Denver in a game where they will have plenty of motivation. The Titans nearly landed Manning in 2012 before he chose to come to Denver instead. They have be wondering “what if” ever since.

 

Prediction: Broncos blowout the Titans. Manning has beaten his old division rival many times and will do so again.

 

Week 15: San Diego Chargers

 

In the Broncos’ final primetime appearance, they host division rival, San Diego Chargers. The Chargers are the best bet to push the Broncos in the division race this year and this game could decide it.

 

Prediction: The Chargers will play tough, but the Broncos will prevail late with the home crowd cheering them on.

 

Week 16: at Houston Texans

 

Both Houston and Denver will be looking for a win the Sunday before Christmas. Houston was a top team in the AFC last season and they figure to be in the mix yet again this year.

 

Prediction: Broncos win a very physical game in Texas that will potentially decide home field advantage in the playoffs.

 

Week 17: at Oakland Raiders

 

On the final week of the regular season, the Denver Broncos travel to the Black Hole. The Raiders could be in vacation mode by this game and the Broncos will look to finish the season strong.

 

Prediction: Broncos win their final game, clinching home field advantage throughout the playoffs.

 

Broncos Regular Season Prediction: 14 – 2

 

 

 

 

About Stephanie V. Coleman

Stephanie V. Coleman is a creative writing student at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Her interests include music, culinary arts, traveling, and sports.

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7 Responses to “A Look Ahead to the Broncos 2013 Season”

  1. Davy Says:

    Nice job organizing the story. Good prediction, 14-2 is possible.

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  2. Aaron Lambert Says:

    Very informative! A good read for people who don’t know tons about football (such as myself). 🙂

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  3. J.R. Johnson Says:

    Not a Bronco fan by any means but this was really fun to read through.

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  4. Adam Says:

    Excellent story! 14-2 sounds good to me…go Broncos!

    Reply

  5. Jane Says:

    Excellent, you should talk to the Bronco organization for an internship. You know stats and players names. Might be a fun time.

    Reply

  6. Andrew Says:

    “The chargers offer inferior talent” yes! ha I’m a big football fan and really enjoyed the article. I think 14-2 is optimistic but I’m hopeful.

    Reply

  7. Anthony Rodriguez Says:

    If only 14-2 were possible with the adversity the Broncos have come across. 11-5, 10-6 sounds much more reasonable now.

    Reply

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