Statistically the Denver Broncos have the second toughest schedule in the entire league behind the New York Giants for the 2012 NFL season. With expectations high in Denver such a tough schedule is brutal timing for the Broncos, especially in the midst of the Tim Tebow saga. Then again, aren't these kind of situations what makes Tebow-mania so exciting?
Conventional wisdom is that Denver will improve with a full off-season and a full year of the same quarterback. If this is true, then a reasonable prediction would have the Broncos at 10-6, which should be more then enough to win the AFC West again.
However, taking things game by game might give us a different scenario. Tebow thrives in situations where he's not expected to win, and with games against Pittsburgh, New England and New Orleans to name a few, Tebow will have more than his fair share of games where he will be expected to fail.
Keep in mind, we are pre-draft, pre-free agency, and pre-any and all injuries that may come into play during the course of next season. At this point scheduled games haven't even been given dates, so we don't know what days or order these games will be played in. However, assuming a reasonable comparison of skill level to last year, taking into account that young up-start teams improve slightly and that veteran powerhouse teams likewise decline, we can make some sensible predictions about the fate of the 2012 Denver Broncos.
Here are predictions and rationale for all 16 games.