To break up the Aaron Rodgers watch, the Denver Broncos schedule gets released today.
And we already know that the Broncos will open the 2021-22 NFL season on the road when they play the New York Giants. It’s only the second time since 2011 that the Broncos will open on the road. The most recent was in 2019 when Denver played the Oakland Raiders.
Not to miss a beat, some of the sportsbooks have already released Week One odds. At both DraftKings and BetMGM, in somewhat of a surprise, the Broncos have opened as the early favorite at -1.5. William Hill and FanDuel have Denver as the +1 spread favorite. While at SportsBetting.com, the game is currently a pick ’em.
The Broncos being favored on the road with this current iteration is a bit shocking. Is the sportsbook planning ahead for Denver to make a move for Rodgers? If a move does happen, look for the Broncos to become a bigger favorite than they are now.
For now, those betting on the Broncos can hope for a move to happen by early June, but can’t do much more than that.
Broncos in the Eastern Time Zone
Those who follow Denver know it struggles in games played on the East Coast. Andrew Mason with DNVR has the Broncos’ record in the Eastern Time Zone:
- 38-45 in the last 25 seasons
- 16-19 in the last 10 seasons
- 8-10 in the last 5 seasons
As Mase points out, in the last five years, the Broncos have a better record in the East Coast than other road games (5-17). And Denver was actually 3-2 in the Eastern Time Zone last year. So keep that in your back pocket if you’re planing some NFL betting in Colorado on the season opener.
If the current quarterbacks on the Broncos roster line up under center for that Week One game at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, it’ll be interesting to see how it plays out.
In terms of storylines, there are plenty for this game.
As Art Stapleton pointed out on Twitter, 20 years ago on the night before 9/11, the Giants were in Denver for Monday Night Football. Now, the Giants host Denver the day after the 20-year anniversary of 9/11.
There’s also the added intrigue of current Broncos offensive coordinator Pat Shumur facing the team he was the head coach of for two seasons.
Denver’s 2021 schedule
Here is Denver’s 2021 schedule:
|1||9/12/2021||at New York Giants||2:25 p.m.||Fox||Point spread: Broncos -1.5 (-105)
Moneyline: Broncos -117
|2||9/19/2021||at Jacksonville Jaguars||11 a.m.||CBS|
|3||9/26/2021||vs New York Jets||2:05 p.m.||CBS|
|4||10/3/2021||vs Baltimore Ravens||2:25 p.m.||CBS|
|5||10/10/2021||at Pittsburgh Steelers||11 a.m.||Fox|
|6||10/17/2021||vs Las Vegas Raiders||2:25 p.m.||CBS|
|7||10/21/2021||at Cleveland Browns (TNF)||6:20 p.m.||Fox/NFL Network/Amazon|
|8||10/31/2021||vs Washington Football Team||2:25 p.m.||Fox|
|9||11/7/2021||at Dallas Cowboys||11 a.m.||Fox|
|10||11/14/2021||vs Philadelphia Eagles||2:25 p.m.||CBS|
|12||11/28/2021||vs Los Angeles Chargers||2:05 p.m.||CBS|
|13||12/5/2021||at Kansas City Chiefs||11 a.m.||CBS|
|14||12/12/2021||vs Detroit Lions||2:05 p.m.||Fox|
|15||12/19/2021||vs Cincinnati Bengals||2:05 p.m.||CBS|
|16||12/26/2021||at Las Vegas Raiders||2:25 p.m||CBS|
|17||1/2/2022||at Los Angeles Chargers||2:05 p.m.||CBS|
|18||1/9/2022||vs Kansas City Chiefs||2:25 p.m.||CBS|