Broncos open season on the road
DENVER – Jay Cutler versus Vince Young. Road games against both 2006 Super Bowl teams. A Monday night Christmas Eve in San Diego.Those are just a few of the intriguing plot lines for the Denver Broncos in the 2007 NFL schedule released on Wednesday. The schedule includes five prime-time games.The Broncos open the season on the road against Buffalo on Sept 9. It’s the third straight season the team has started away from Invesco Field.Denver will also make two Monday night appearances at home, against Green Bay Oct. 29 and Tennessee Nov. 19. The Titans matchup will showcase Cutler, the 11th overall pick in the 2006 draft, against Young, the No. 3 selection.Denver’s only Sunday night home game will be against Pittsburgh on Oct. 21.The Broncos will play at Indy, the reigning Super Bowl champs, on Sept. 30. Receiver Brandon Stokley, who’s recovering from a ruptured Achilles’ tendon, said he’s looking forward to facing his former team.Denver will play at the NFC champion Chicago Bears on Nov. 25.Cornerback Dre Bly will face his former team when Denver goes to Detroit on Nov. 4. Bly was acquired from the Lions in the offseason for Tatum Bell – Denver’s leading rusher last season – along with offensive tackle George Foster and a fifth-round pick.Denver will play one Thursday night game, on Dec. 13 at Houston. Mike Shanahan will face his former offensive coordinator, Gary Kubiak, who’s now in charge of the Texans.Denver’s bye week will be Oct. 14.After the off week, the Broncos will spend quite a few weeks on the road. At one point in the second half of the season, Denver will play six games away from Invesco Field in an eight-week span.The Broncos’ other homes games include Oakland on Sept. 16, Jacksonville Sept. 23, San Diego Oct. 7, Kansas City Dec. 9 and Minnesota Dec. 30, the regular-season finale.The rest of Denver’s road contests include Kansas City on Nov. 11 and Oakland Dec. 2. Denver’s Christmas Eve road game against the Chargers in the second-to-last contest of the regular season could have AFC West title implications.Game times in Weeks 11-17 may change because of the NFL’s flex scheduling.
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