The NFL is set to release 2016's full 16-game regular season schedule at 6 p.m. MST this evening. In the meantime, word has leaked out of Charlotte, NC about what Broncos Country can look forward to in Week 1.
According to Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer, the Denver Broncos will host the Carolina Panthers in Week 1 of the 2016 regular season, in a Super Bowl 50 rematch. The game will, of course, be nationally televised.
Already, just a couple months away from their third World Championship, the Broncos are a very different team. Much of the No. 1 defense that decimated Cam Newton and the Panthers is still in tact.
On offense, the Broncos will field a very different unit come Week 1. Gone are both Peyton Manning — who started at quarterback for the Broncos in Santa Clara, CA — and Brock Osweiler. Manning retired, while Osweiler defected to Houston via free agency.
With the return of Wade Phillips — and key contributors like DeMarcus Ware — fans can expect the Broncos defense to be just as formidable as they were in 2015. However, on offense, there are still too many question marks to project exactly what we can expect come Week 1.
The NFL Draft is upcoming and that will change the Broncos complexion on offense. All signs point to the Broncos taking at least one quarterback in the Draft, if not two.
One thing's for sure. With all the jawing and Von Miller's relentless pestering of Cam Newton, the Super Bowl 50 rematch figures to be one of the most exciting season openers for Broncos fans in recent memory.
Chad Jensen is the Publisher of Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ChadNJensen.
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