With the 2012 NFL season less than a couple months away, I wanted to take a look at our upcoming opponents, offer some thoughts, and predict what our beloved Broncos will do this year.
On September 9th, Denver faces the Steelers on Sunday night football to open up the season at home. Denver holds the all time record at 17-10-1 and holds the current streak at 1. Pittsburgh lost a lot of talent this year, although they did draft some offensive line talent which should contribute right away, but did little to make up for the defensive players lost. Pittsburgh is still a good team, but I don’t believe they will be as good. My prediction, Denvers defense puts up a physical fight, and the offense is able to get through the new holes in this defense, Denver 24 Pittsburgh 17.
In week 2, Denver hits the road to face the Atlanta Falcons for their first Monday night appearance. Denver holds the overall record against Atlanta at 9-4 with the current streak belonging to the Broncos at 1-0. Atlanta will be a very tough team, good offense and defense, and at home in the Georgia Dome. There is a lot of fire power on this offense that will offer a stiff challenge to our defense. Honestly, I can’t see Denver taking down the Steelers and Falcons within 6 days. Again, I see this as a close game with more offense than defense this time. Unfortunately, I believe the Falcons will take down Denver, Denver 28 Atlanta 31, bringing our season to an even 1-1.
For week 3, Denver returns home to take on the Houston Texans. Denver holds the series record at 2-1 along with the current streak of 1-0. Houston regains Matt Schaub this season to add back into the equation with Arian Foster and Andre Johnson. This is a beast of an offense, although, I can’t see Schaub being a Superbowl winning quarterback, but hey, didn’t these guys make the play offs with a 3rd string QB last year? Again, this will be an offensive slug fest, Houston hurt themselves when they did not bring back Mario Williams. His absence will certainly be felt. This game could honestly go either way, but Denver takes a nail biter. Denver 34 Houston 31, which brings us up to 2-1.
In week 4, Denver takes on their old nemesis, the Oakland Raiders for the their 2nd home game in a row. Oakland holds the overall record at 59-42-2 with Denver holding the current streak at 1 win. This will be a battle on both sides of the ball. Remember, Dennis Allen, our defensive coordinator from last year is now their head coach, so you already know their defense will be ready. Their offense will be rejuvenated as well with Carson Palmer having another year with the team and Darren Mcfadden returning to the line up. The series will be split yet again this season, but Denver takes this one thanks to home field advantage to go 3-1 in the first quarter of the season. Denver 28 Oakland 24.
Part 2 of the 2012 season coming soon!
About the Author
Written by Anthony Overbay
I live in Ohio with my fiancee and son. We are all huge Denver Bronco fans. To prove my dedication, I have a game room with 2 t.v.s both with cable where I watch both games on CBS and FOX to keep up with the day and NFL network for whenever only 1 game is on so football is always on. This room has blue carpet, orange walls, and a blue ceiling, I will let you imagine what covers the walls. I am a true football fan, and a die hard fan of the Denver Broncos.