We already know the Denver Broncos open their 2019 preseason against the Atlanta Falcons on August 1 in the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, OH.
With team owner Pat Bowlen and former cornerback Champ Bailey inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the Broncos will then face the four NFC West teams.
The Broncos will welcome the familiarity of the opponents, and not having to make a time-consuming trip to the east coast in the middle of their preseason programme as they did to Washington DC in 2018.
Denver’s second game — which falls in week 1 of the preseason — is on the road against former AFC West rivals Seattle between August 8 and 12.
The Broncos defeated the Seahawks 27-24 in the opening game of the 2018 regular season.
An interesting wrinkle could see former Broncos quarterback Paxton Lynch start for the Seahawks after the 2016 first-round bust landed with the Seahawks on a futures contract in January.
While he was a disaster, and couldn’t beat out Trevor Siemian in Denver, Lynch is in a battle to backup Seattle’s superstar Russell Wilson.
Next up, a Monday night home game against San Francisco on August 19, which will be nationally televised by ESPN (kickoff 20:00 EST/01:00 BST/02:00 CEST).
The Broncos and 49ers are regular preseason partners, with the Broncos leading the preseason series 22-16.
Expect to hear plenty of talk about the two general managers and their glory days winning back-to-back Super Bowls, while Valor Christian alum and Ed McCaffery’s son Max, who plays wide receiver for the 49ers, is sure to come up a few times, and former Broncos receiver Wes Welker is now the 49ers’ receivers coach.
Oh, and then there’s the small matter of the Broncos’ new offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello joining from the 49ers, and new head coach Vic Fangio and defensive coordinator Ed Donatell both being former coaches in the Bay Area.
In week three, between August 22-25, new quarterback Joe Flacco and friends travel west to take on the Los Angeles Rams in the “dress rehearsal game,” where the traditional Don Fangio will take on the bright, young thing that is Sean McVay.
Former Broncos defensive coordinator Wade Phillips will probably have a few tricks up his sleeve to welcome Scangarello to his new position, and you can count on Aqib Talib to show up one way or another.
The final preseason game will take place on August 29 when Denver hosts another familiar opponent in the form of the new Arizona Cardinals.
The Cardinals will hit the Mile High City with a new head coach in Kliff Kingsbury, and a first-overall pick that probably won’t play.
There will also be a quick return to the Mile High City for a number of former Broncos coaches, including much-vilified former Broncos head coach Vance Joseph, who is now the defensive coordinator in the desert after he was sacked in January.
Sean Kugler, the Broncos’ 2018 offensive line coach, and Greg Williams and Marcus Robertson, the Broncos’ defensive backs coaches last season, are also now with the Cardinals.