Denver Broncos: 2012 Schedule Features 5 Prime-Time Games

Ben FletcherContributor IIIApril 17, 2012

DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 18: Place kicker Matt Prater #5 of the Denver Broncos and teammates stand in the tunnel before taking on the New England Patriots at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on December 18, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The New England Patriots won, 41-23. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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The 2012 NFL schedules were released on Tuesday at 7 p.m. (ET).

Peyton Manning and the Broncos will be facing Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Houston, New England, New Orleans and Cincinnati, all playoff teams in 2011.

Five of their games are nationally televised, including the first Sunday night game of the NFL 2012 season against the Pittsburgh Steelers on NBC. They have two games televised on ESPN, one on Sept. 17th at Atlanta and the other on Oct. 15th at San Diego. Their Oct. 28th against New Orleans will be on NBC and their Dec. 6th game at Oakland will be on the NFL network.

Denver Broncos 2012 Schedule

Week Date Game Time (ET) Network
1 Sept 9 vs. Pittsburgh 8:20p NBC
2 Sept 17 @ Atlanta 8:30p ESPN
3 Sept 23 vs. Houston 4:15p CBS
4 Sept 30 vs. Oakland 4:05p CBS
5 Oct 7 @ New England 4:15p CBS
6 Oct 15 @ San Diego 8:30p ESPN
7 Bye      
8 Oct 28 vs. New Orleans 8:20p NBC
9 Nov 4 @ Cincinnati 1:00p CBS
10 Nov 11 @ Carolina 1:00p CBS
11 Nov 18 vs. San Diego 4:15p CBS
12 Nov 25 @ Kansas City 1:00p CBS
13 Dec 2 vs. Tampa Bay 4:05p FOX
14 Dec 6 @ Oakland 8:20p NFL
15 Dec 16 @ Baltimore 1:00p CBS
16 Dec 23 vs. Cleveland 4:05p CBS
17 Dec 30 vs. Kansas City 4:15p CBS


Denver will need to have things together in a hurry as they play three 2011 playoff teams in their first three games. Peyton Manning will definitely be tested as they arguably have the toughest schedule in the 2012 season.

Along with their five nationally televised games, their game at New England on Oct. 7th will be highlighted since we'll get to see another showdown between Peyton Manning and Tom Brady.