Kyle Newman, Broncos reporter
The soft part of the Broncos’ schedule in September and October sets them up for a fast start, especially if Denver can pull off divisional victories on the road against Las Vegas and the Los Angeles Chargers. The competition will stiffen following their Week 9 bye, including road tests against Tennessee and Baltimore and showdowns against the Chiefs. Russell Wilson & Co. will win enough to break the team’s six-year playoff drought, even if they don’t unseat Kansas City in the AFC West.
Sean Keeler, columnist
Five prime time games! Thanks to Russell Wilson, the Broncos are NFL cool again. As with last fall, the ’22 dance card looks soft at the start — although the Week 1 visit to Seattle screams “trap game” — and saltier at the end. That Chiefs losing streak ends at Mile High, under the lights, in Week 14.
Mark Kiszla, columnist
Well, Russ said he wants to ride. Careful what you wish for. That’s a rough road of five games to end season. So Denver needs to rack up W’s early. While the quarterback matchups in AFC West will be juicy, the trips to Seattle and London will make difference between making playoffs or missing out.
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Ryan O’Halloran, Broncos reporter
What will the offensive line look like? Will the coaches let running back Javonte Williams be a featured player instead of a work-share again? Is the defense built to provide consistent pass-rush pressure? Yes, the Broncos have Russell Wilson but they will enter the season with plenty of questions. They will secure an AFC wild-card berth, but the Chiefs will remain atop the division.