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Tonight, the Denver Broncos 2015 regular season schedule will be announced on NFL Network at 6 p.m. MT and then debated for weeks to come. But, ahead of that came the preseason schedule, complete with dates and times for all the games.
We already knew the Broncos would face the Seattle Seahawks, Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers and Houston Texans, but now we know exactly when the games will kickoff.
- Friday, Aug. 14 @ Seattle Seahawks – 8 p.m. MDT on KTVD
- Saturday, Aug. 22 @ Houston Texans – 6 p.m. MDT on KTVD
- Saturday, Aug. 29 San Francisco 49ers – 7 p.m. MDT on KTVD
- Thursday, Sept. 3 Arizona Cardinals – 7 p.m. MDT on KTVD
Of course, the Seattle Seahawks have returned to the state of rivals after blowing out the Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII and defeating Denver in the regular season last year in overtime. Nostalgic NFL fans will remember the Seahawks were part of the AFC West from 1977-2001 before moving back to the NFC. That’s right, Seattle entered the NFL in the NFC in 1976 before moving conferences in their sophomore season, then moved back post 2001 as the only franchise to do so.
In Houston, new Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak faces his old team. Kubiak was the head man in Houston from 2006-2013, being fired and then moving to the Baltimore Ravens as their offensive coordinator last year.
When San Francisco comes to town, it will be that all-important third preseason game in which the starters play longer than at any time up to that point. It will be the best litmus test for whether or not Denver is ready for the regular season or not, though the 49ers have gone through a ton of upheaval in terms of former head coach Jim Harbaugh leaving to coach the Michigan Wolverines as well as multiple players retiring during their respective primes.
Finally, the Cardinals come to the Mile High City. It seems Denver always faces Arizona in the preseason, and it makes sense leading into the season as it’s the shortest trip for either team no matter the location.