Denver Broncos’ Toughest Stretch of 2024 NFL Season

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The NFL regular season slate is officially out, which means that football fans along the Front Range can read up on the teams that the Denver Broncos will tangle with during the regular season.  

As Denver tries to break the club’s eight-year postseason drought in 2024, they’ll have to find a way to knock off teams like the Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Cleveland Browns and the Kansas City Chiefs at Mile High, along with road clashes against the Baltimore Ravens, Chiefs, New Orleans Saints, New York Jets, Seattle Seahawks and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (amongst others).  

That 17-game gauntlet is one of the main reasons why oddsmakers from Bet365 Colorado list the Broncos as the longshot to win the AFC West. 

Utilizing a point system, BetColorado.com found the hardest 3-game stretch of the Denver Broncos’ schedule for 2024-25 NFL regular season.

How We Did The Math

Points were given for the following:
1 pt – Divisional Opponent
1 pt – Road Game
1 pt – Primetime Game (TNF, SNF, MNF)
2 pt – Short Week
2 pt – Team #11-20 on ESPN’s NFL Power Rankings
3 pt – Team #1-10 on ESPN’s NFL Power Rankings

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Broncos' Toughest Stretch: Week 9-11

Week

Opponent

Points

9

at Baltimore Ravens 

4

10

at Kansas City Chiefs 

5

11

vs Atlanta Falcons 

2

Which Games Are the Broncos’ Toughest in 2024?

Right now, it looks like the stretch from Week 9 through Week 11 is Denver’s toughest in 2024, with games against the defending AFC North champion Ravens and the two-time reigning Super Bowl champs, before hosting an improved Atlanta Falcons team.  

Given the Broncos’ lack of a bye week by the three-game stretch in question, it’s likely that Denver will be running on fumes by the time they head to the Charm City to play the Ravens, which doesn’t exactly bode well with Lamar Jackson, Patrick Mahomes and Kirk Cousins facing the Broncos’ exhausted secondary in succession.  

That one-two combo of a late bye week (in Week 14) and the three-game stretch against a talented trio of veteran quarterbacks means that Weeks 9-11 could prove the difference between Denver’s first postseason berth since winning the Super Bowl in 2015 and another year of watching the sport’s playoffs on TV like the rest of us in 2025.

But you never know, and don't give up on those Broncos Super Bowl odds just yet. 

USA Today photo by Isaiah J. Downing.

Author

Christopher Boan has been covering sports and sports betting for more than seven years, including stops at ArizonaSports.com, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.

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