2012 Denver Broncos Schedule: Denver To Appear In 5 Prime Time Games

The Denver Broncos will start the season on Sunday Night Football against the Pittsburgh Steelers and make four more prime time appearances after that.

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Broncos Schedule 2012: SI.com's Don Banks Sees NFL Taking 'Leap Of Faith' With Denver, Peyton Manning

The 2012 NFL schedule has been released and the Denver Broncos will appear in the league-maximum of five prime time games this fall. The NFL and the networks are taking a big leap of faith that Peyton Manning will be able to return from multiple neck surgeries and 20 months off from football.

Last season, the Indianapolis Colts, a team that finished 2-14, put up duds in its multiple prime time games without Peyton Manning on the field. The likes of Kerry Collins, Dan Orlovsky and Curtis Painter all went under center for the Colts. If John Elway's Plan A of Peyton Manning fails, that currently leaves the Broncos with no real Plan B. As Sports Illustrated's Don Banks writes:

For Denver's sake, and the NFL's, Manning had better be ready from the first snap of the regular season on. Caleb Hanie, at the moment, is the Broncos backup quarterback. And we all know what happened in Chicago last season when he was forced to center stage.

The Broncos are expected to draft a quarterback in the later round of the 2012 NFL Draft, but there's unlikely to be saving grace with that selection should Manning falter. The Broncos are all in with Peyton Manning. It's a good hand the Broncos have, but will there be anything to trump it?

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2012 NFL Schedule To Be Released On Tuesday

After months of waiting and plenty of speculation, the NFL will release its 2012 season schedule on Tuesday night:

We already know the opponents the Broncos will face in 2012, but the dates and times have yet to be announced. There has been speculation that the Broncos will be on the first Sunday Night Football broadcast of the year, possibly facing the Pittsburgh Steelers in a rematch of the teams' 2011 NFL playoffs match-up. Another possibility for that first game of the season could be a rematch of the second round playoff game against the New England Patriots.

Team president Joe Ellis has mentioned that the Broncos will be in a number of prime time games this fall, which is likely the result of bringing in Peyton Manning through free agency.

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Broncos Schedule 2012: Denver Could Open Season On Sunday Night At Home Against Pittsburgh Steelers

The Denver Broncos will know in a few weeks how their 2012 season schedule will turn out. We already have learned that the NFL is planning on putting the Broncos into primetime throughout the season, and there are rumors that the Broncos will be in the first Sunday Night Football game of the season. It now appears that that possibility is coming to fruition. The Denver Post's Mike Klis reports that the Broncos could open the season at Mile High with a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers or on the road against the New England Patriots on Sunday night.

Both teams would be ideal matchups for the Broncos since Denver played them in the playoffs last season. Plus, the addition of Peyton Manning makes the Broncos a great storyline throughout the season: injured quarterback returns with a new team -- how will he perform? And on a lower level, Josh McDaniels, former Broncos head coach, will be offensive coordinator for the Patriots (after being an assistant coach while Bill O'Brien remained in the position before moving to Penn State).

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2012 Broncos Schedule: Do Expect Primetime Games, Says Pres. Joe Ellis

It appears as though the Denver Broncos will indeed be in the primetime spotlight this fall 2012. Broncos president Joe Ellis recently spoke with the Denver Post's Mike Klis and told him this:

The early word on the Broncos’ schedule: "Our fans should get ready for more night games," Ellis said. "Home and road."

In 2011, the Broncos played in the Monday Night Football opener on Sept. 12 and then didn't have another primetime game until Nov. 17 when Tim Tebow defeated the New York Jets on a game-winning touchdown run in the final minutes.

There are already rumors that the Broncos are a strong candidate to play in the first Sunday Night Football game of the season, largely a result of Peyton Manning's return to the gridiron. Manning's arrival in Denver has certainly made this team more attractive to put on primetime television, but the schedule makers should be wary after last year's Colts-heavy primetime schedule and then getting zero Manning appearances.

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Broncos Schedule 2012: Denver Could Be Candidate For 1st Sunday Night Game This Season

The Denver Broncos and the other 31 teams in the NFL won't know their complete 2012 schedules until the middle of April, but there is some belief that the team will play in the first Sunday Night Football game of the season, according to the L.A. Times' Sam Farmer:

There's a good chance Denver will play host to the first Sunday night game. That was a strong possibility when Tebow was penciled in as the quarterback, and the signing of Manning has only made the Broncos more intriguing.

The league is going to need to be careful this season when scheduling its prime time games. Last season, the league and the networks were bitten hard when Manning's neck injury prevented him from playing last season. The Indianapolis Colts were scheduled for several games in prime time and fans saw a very poor Colts team.

This move makes sense, as Farmer points out, because Manning's return to the gridiron will be such a big story -- possibly even bigger than the New York Giants defending their Super Bowl title in the first game of the season.

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