Based on winning percentages from the 2012 NFL season, the Denver Broncos will have the easiest schedule in 2013. That’s quite a change from this time last year when almost everyone talked about how brutal the 2012 schedule looked. There were many who believed that the Broncos could be a pretty good football team, and finish 9-7 or 10-6.
If we learned anything from 2012, it should be this. Trying to predict how tough a schedule will be seven months before the season is pointless. It should be noted that the actual schedule will be released in April; these are only the teams that the Broncos will play.
Teams change, good teams go south and bad teams rise quickly. As it turned out, the 2012 schedule for the Broncos was not nearly as bad as everyone thought and they went 13-3. Some of the teams that were suppose to give the Broncos fits struggled in 2012 including: the New Orleans Saints, Carolina Panthers and the entire AFC West. The Broncos do not need to apologize to anyone for going 13-3; they played the teams on their schedule and beat most of them.
Looking forward to 2013, there are two primary reasons that the Broncos are facing an easier schedule. Unless there is a sudden realignment of divisions, they get to play the other three teams in the AFC West twice. All three of those teams are probably going to be better, they would almost have to be but none of them will be on the Broncos level.
The second reason for the less daunting schedule is the home portion, if the Broncos do not go 7-1 or 8-0 at home in 2013 then something went wrong. The home slate includes: the three division games versus the Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers. The remaining five home games feature the Washington Redskins, Philadelphia Eagles, Baltimore Ravens, Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans. The Ravens game could be tricky but something tells me the Broncos will be highly motivated for that one. The Broncos will be substantial favorites in the other seven.
The road schedule is a little tougher but it is not terrible. There are the road games versus the division rivals and these other five teams: the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, New England Patriots, Houston Texans and Indianapolis Colts. The Broncos should go 4-4 at the very worst and with their home record, 12 wins looks very likely.
Having said of all that, remember the season is seven months away and a lot can change. If they would have played the 2012 season on paper, the Broncos may have gone 8-8. However as a fan, I would rather have the easiest schedule going into the season as opposed to the hardest. Just saying.
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