1. An “easy” schedule? Let’s elaborate …
By 2012 winning percentages, the Broncos have the easiest schedule. That’s because the Broncos are in the division with the worst collective record in 2012 (26-38) — and, of course, aren’t boosted by playing themselves, so their division foes were a combined 13-35 — and the AFC West is partnered for inter-division play with two of the three other divisions that finished below .500 last year (AFC South, NFC East). In 2014, the Broncos are paired with the AFC East and NFC West, so don’t expect any “easy” headlines when next year’s slate is revealed.
2. Young QBs, coveted QBs.
Denver will have its hands full in Weeks 7 and 8, facing the top two picks in the 2012 draft in consecutive weeks — Indianapolis’ Andrew Luck and Washington’s Robert Griffin III. Luck and the Colts are also one of five opponents who are slated to start a No. 1 overall pick at quarterback against the Broncos; Denver also faces the Giants’ Eli Manning (2004) in Week 2, Philadelphia’s Michael Vick (2004) in Week 4 and Kansas City’s Alex Smith (2005) in Weeks 11 and 13.