In another sign that the 2013 NFL season continues to get closer, the preseason schedule for the Denver Broncos was released on Thursday. The schedule will feature the NFC West which will provide excellent preparation for a team whose only goal is to win the Super Bowl. Other than the third game, the dates and times of the games have not been released.
The Broncos open the preseason with two straight road games, at the San Francisco 49ers and at the Seattle Seahawks. It is only the preseason, but the 49ers and Seahawks along with the Broncos, are among the favorites heading into the season.
Before we get carried away though, let’s remember that very few regulars play in the first two preseason games. The game versus the 49ers is likely to feature mostly young players who are trying to make the team. The game versus the Seahawks could be different, though. Last season the Broncos and Seahawks also played in the second week of the preseason, and the regulars for the Broncos played the entire first half. It’s possible that John Fox and the Broncos could view the game with the Seahawks as the best game of the four to use as their dress rehearsal.
If the Broncos did decide to go that route, it would be a great test for both the offense and the defense. If Fox elects to go the traditional route and play the third preseason game as if it was a regular season contest, then that would take place at home versus the St. Louis Rams on August 24th in a nationally televised game.
The Broncos close the preseason with a home game versus the Arizona Cardinals in what has become an annual tradition. As usual, the game will feature two teams who will not play any of their starters and are just trying to get through the game without injuries.
On the whole, it is an attractive preseason schedule or at least as attractive as a preseason schedule can be. It will provide some tests here and there for the first-teams of the Broncos, but in the end, it is still just the preseason. The preseason is important for a number of reasons; position battles, young players trying to make the team and trying to find answers to various questions. The Broncos are going to go about finding answers to those questions regardless of who they play.
The more important date comes in mid-April when the regular season schedule is released.
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