Even though the Broncos have a bye this week, that doesn’t mean the NFL is taking a break too. There are plenty of meaningful and exciting matchups to watch this Sunday and Monday. So take this non-Broncos weekend as an opportunity to take in a couple important games that could affect the Broncos in the weeks to come.
Sunday, 2:05 p.m. MDT, CBS: Cleveland at Oakland
The Chargers and Chiefs also have a bye this week, making the Raiders the only AFC West team to have a game Sunday. The Raiders are 3-2 and only one game back of San Diego for the division lead. Meanwhile, the Browns are 2-2 and hoping to get out of the cellar of the AFC North. This is a key game for the Raiders at home as it will set the early tone in terms of if they will compete for a division title, or fight for a wild-card spot.
Monday, 6:30 p.m. MDT, ESPN: New York Jets at Miami
Not only is this a Monday night game, but it also features the Broncos’ next opponent, the Dolphins. The Jets are coming off a tough loss to New England, and at 2-3, will be trying to make up ground on the 4-1 division-leading Patriots and Bills. Meanwhile, the Dolphins will play their first game with Matt Moore at quarterback, after starter Chad Henne went down last week with a season-ending injury. At 0-4, the Dolphins are looking for their first win, and will have a shortened week next week before the Broncos come to town.