The Denver Broncos 2013-2014 is full of can’t miss match-ups with some of the top teams in the league. They’ll be facing old rivals, innovative new offenses and mobile read-option quarterbacks. Even though they’re projected to be one of the best teams in the NFL, the Broncos will have to be at their best to have another great season.
The opening night match-up with the Baltimore Ravens is one that Denver has had marked on their calendars ever since the schedule came out. After last seasons’ bitter home loss in the bitter cold, the Broncos have been itching to take the field again and get some payback against the team that derailed their super bowl dreams. It will be Elvis Dumervil’s first game against his old mates after the now infamous fax machine incident sent the outside linebacker to Baltimore so he’ll be especially motivated to make sure his old quarterback Peyton Manning sees his fair share of the turf.
Football fans everywhere are circling November 24 for what many are already calling the game of the year when the Broncos travel to Foxboro to take on the Patriots in a prime time matchup. Tom Brady versus Peyton Manning is always must see TV. Brady holds a 9-4 advantage overall including a 2-1 edge in the postseason. However, after losing the first six games against Brady, Manning has won four of the last seven. Not only is it a great quarterback matchup, but it will be Wes Welker’s first trip to Gillette Stadium since signing with the Broncos so everyone will be watching to see how both Patriots fans and players react to Welker in a new uniform.
There's also a week two meeting with the New York Giants as the Manning brothers meet once again in the regular season to see who will have bragging rights until they meet again. Right now Peyton holds a 2-0 lead in head to head matchups. However, Eli has two Super Bowl rings to Peyton's one, something the elder Manning will look to correct this year.
Emotion will weigh heavy on Peyton Manning when the Broncos travel to Indianapolis in mid October to take on the Colts. This marks the first matchup featuring Manning and the Stanford quarterback the Colts drafted to replace him, Andrew luck. It's likely to be an emotional time for both the Broncos quarterback and Indianapolis fans as there is no player more beloved in franchise history then Manning. Some analysts even call Lucas Oil Stadium the “house that Manning built” since without him and the success he brought to the Colts franchise it may not have ever been built. It should be an interesting matchup of the new kid on the block taking on the old gunslinger and fans everywhere are excited to see who comes out on top.
An old friend will be coming to town on October 27 when the Washington Redskins bring their dynamic offense to Denver. Along with Robert Griffin III and Alfred Morris, former Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan will make his return to Denver for the first time since he was fired in 2008. Shanahan led the Broncos to two Super Bowl victories in 1998 and 1999. But after three straight years in which the team suffered enormous collapses late in the season and missed the playoffs, he was dismissed and the team headed in a new direction. This game could easily become a shootout with RG3 running a dangerous read option offense and the Broncos fast paced run and gun style trading blows throughout the day.
Broncos fans everywhere should free up their days for these games and prepare themselves for some of the best football of the NFL season. These five games will leave fans wanting more and are sure to provide fireworks both on and off the field.