With the Denver Broncos’ 2022 schedule released, I thought I’d run through my annual game-by-game prediction for that team. The best part is…they have Russell Wilson and should be a lot better than they have been in years past.
There are five primetime games and plenty of drama, but the season is either won or lost in the last six games. With that make-or-break stretch, I finished the Broncos 13-4 and made the playoffs. It’s May, so there’s definitely still optimism in the air.
Week 1: Broncos at Seahawks (MNF)
We’ll finally learn if the problem was with the quarterback or if Drew Lock just needs to be unleashed. I think deep down we all accept that Lock would never be the answer and Russell Wilson will drive a solid nail into that coffin in front of his own former home crowd.
Broncos 34, Seahawks 16. (1-0)
Week 2: Texans at Broncos
Pfft, steamroller. Next!
Broncos 27, Texans 10th (2-0)
Week 3: 49ers at Broncos (SNF)
It seems the NFL wants to put Russell Wilson in the spotlight when it comes to former division foes. I also like this spot for Denver as the 49ers have some issues and against Jimmy GI like Denver’s chances here.
Broncos 20th, 49ers 16th (3-0)
Week 4: Broncos at Raiders
It would be glorious to see the Raiders fade away here, but unfortunately, Josh McDaniels didn’t dismantle the franchise as quickly as he did in Denver. They’ve actually gotten a little better and should hold up well in most games. Here comes the first stumble in a gunfight against a hated rival. boo!
Raiders 34, Broncos 31. (3-1)
Week 5: Colts at Broncos (TNF)
In their third prime-time game in six weeks, the Broncos host a Colts team that will be red-hot as Matty Ice and Jonathan Taylor dominate a weak-looking AFC South early on. The Denver defense is looking great, however, and the Broncos get the taste of their first loss of the season right out of their mouths.
Broncos 36, Colts 23. (4-1)
Week 6: Broncos at Chargers (MNF)
In front of the orange-blue SoFi Stadium, the Broncos just send the Chargers off. I’m not saying the Chargers won’t be a strong team in 2022, but I’m saying Denver always seems to find a way to play them hard on the road. And now they have Russell Wilson.
Broncos 27, Chargers 20th (5-1)
Week 7: Jets at Broncos
The JETS Jets Jets Jets have won the 2022 NFL Draft! And while that was the case in April, they’ll likely still go 5-1 into this game down the road against the Denver Broncos. Let’s keep the good times rolling!
Broncos 41, Jets 23. (6-1)
Week 8: Broncos vs Jaguars (London, UK)
The Jaguars are a team that will only improve if Trevor Lawrence improves. There’s talent there and we’ve all seen it, but we’ve also seen a lot of failures. It’s hard to say if he’ll be any better in 2022. I think Denver wins here, but it’s going to be harder than it should be.
Broncos 21, Jaguars 20th (7-1)
Week 10: Broncos at Titans
After the Week 9 Bye, the Broncos hit the streets in the early game slot. Wilson has had plenty of success after bye week and I would expect him to hold on against a Titans team that should take a step back this season.
Broncos 23, Titans 19th (8-1)
Week 11: Raiders at Broncos
Holy smokers, the wins just pile up here. That’s okay, the NFL used the deck in Denver’s favor early on, only to see them through the brutalist stretch in recent times. In Week 11, I would expect Denver to retaliate against the Raiders to keep the winning streak alive.
Broncos 28, Raiders 17. (9-1)
Week 12: Broncos at Panthers
In what numbers the last “easy” game of the Broncos regular season will be, the Broncos must defeat the Panthers on the road. I think they will, but after this win and at 10-1, they will hit a wall of planning.
Broncos 24, Panthers 20. (10-1)
Week 13: Broncos at Ravens
In their second straight road game on the East Coast, the Broncos’ winning streak finally comes to an end against a resurgent Ravens team. It’s a classic trap game that sees AFC West rivals Chiefs line up for the following week.
Ravens 31, Broncos 21. (10-2)
Week 14: Chiefs at Broncos (SNF)
2,643 days. That’s how many days have passed between the Broncos’ last win over the Chiefs and their win here in Week 14 of the 2022 season. The streak will end!
Broncos 38, Chiefs 31. (11-2)
Week 15: Cardinals at Broncos
By late season, Kyler Murray and the Cardinals will run out of steam and take on Wilson and the Broncos, with Denver defeating their hated rival for the first time in a very, very long time.
Broncos 31, Cardinals 24. (12-2)
Week 16: Broncos at Rams (Christmas Day)
The Broncos, high on Christmas Day, will be out of step and stumble against the defending Super Bowl champion Rams. At the end of an ugly day of football, the home team emerges victorious.
Aries 17, Broncos 13th (12-3)
Week 17: Broncos at Chiefs
Arrowhead Stadium in December/January is not where you want to be. Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs are having a good day against the Broncos defense while Wilson and the offense are unable to keep up.
Chiefs 31, Broncos 23. (12-4)
Week 18: Chargers at Broncos
Needing a win to secure the AFC West Division title, the Broncos get into a shootout with the Chargers. Ultimately, they win in overtime and claim their Premier League title since 2015. We’re back!
Broncos 37, Chargers 34. (13-4)