DENVER (AP) - Josh McDaniels will begin his tenure as Denver Broncos coach Sept. 13 in Cincinnati and will have his first home game the following Sunday against Cleveland.
The Broncos' 2009 regular-season schedule, released Tuesday, offers no breaks for Denver, which faces an arduous eight-game stretch against opponents who didn't have losing records last year.
The Dallas Cowboys begin the NFC East portion of Denver's schedule, which also includes a Thanksgiving home game against the New York Giants and road meetings against the Washington Redskins on Nov. 15 and the Philadelphia Eagles on Dec. 27.
Besides the NFC East, the Broncos also play the defending Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers (Nov. 9, Monday night) and perennial AFC contenders New England Patriots (Oct. 11), Baltimore Ravens (Nov. 1) and Indianapolis Colts (Dec. 13).
Denver Broncos 2009 Schedule
Home games in caps; all times local at site of game
Wk. day, date, opponent, site, time, tv
1 TBD, Aug. 13-17, at San Francisco, Candlestick Park, TBD, KCNC-TV
2 TBD, Aug. 20-24, at Seattle, Qwest Field, TBD, KCNC-TV
3 Sun., Aug. 30, Chicago, Invesco Field at Mile High, 6 p.m. MDT, NBC (Ntl.)
4 Thu., Sept. 3, Arizona, Invesco Field at Mile High, 7 p.m. MDT, KCNC-TV
Wk. day date opponent site time tv
1 Sun., Sept. 13, at Cincinnati, Paul Brown Stadium, 1 p.m. EDT, CBS
2 Sun., Sept. 20, Cleveland, Invesco Field at Mile High, 2:15 p.m. MDT, CBS
3 Sun., Sept. 27, at Oakland, McAfee Coliseum, 1:15 p.m. PDT, CBS
4 Sun., Oct. 4, Dallas, Invesco Field at Mile High, 2:15 p.m. MDT, Fox
5 Sun., Oct. 11, New England, Invesco Field at Mile High, 2:15 p.m. MDT, CBS
6 Mon., Oct. 19, at San Diego, Qualcomm Stadium, 5:30 p.m. PDT, ESPN (Ntl)
8 Sun., Nov. 1, at Baltimore, M&T Bank Stadium, 1 p.m. EST, CBS
9 Mon., Nov. 9, Pittsburgh, Invesco Field at Mile High, 6:30 p.m. MST, ESPN (Ntl)
10 Sun., Nov. 15, at Washington, Fedex Field, 1 p.m. EST, CBS
11 Sun., Nov. 22, San Diego, Invesco Field at Mile High, 2:15 p.m. MST, CBS*
12 Thu., Nov. 26, N.Y. Giants, Invesco Field at Mile High, 6:20 p.m. MST, NFLN (Ntl)
13 Sun., Dec. 6, at Kansas City, Arrowhead Stadium, 12 p.m. CST, CBS*
14 Sun., Dec. 13, at Indianapolis, Lucas Oil Stadium, 1 p.m. EST, CBS*
15 Sun., Dec. 20, Oakland, Invesco Field at Mile High, 2:05 p.m. MST, CBS*
16 Sun., Dec. 27, at Philadelphia, Lincoln Financial Field, 1 p.m. EST, CBS*
17 Sun., Jan. 3, Kansas City, Invesco Field At Mile High, 2:15 p.m. MST, CBS*
* - All NFL games scheduled for Sundays from weeks 11-17 are eligible to be moved to the Sunday night game, which is televised nationally by NBC.
Ntl - denotes nationally televised game.
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