Denver Broncos: 'Primetime' Schedule Highlights 2013 Season

DJ SiddiqiCorrespondent IIIApril 23, 2013

HONOLULU, HI - JANUARY 27: Peyton Manning #18 of the AFC's Denver Broncos talks with brother, Eli Manning #10 of the NFC's New York Giants after the conclusion of  the 2013 AFC-NFC Pro Bowl on January 27 , 2013 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii.  (Photo by Kent Nishimura/Getty Images)
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The Broncos' 2013 schedule was released last Thursday and let's get straight to the point—there is no shortage of marquee games in 2013 for Denver.

Just how many marquee games are there on the schedule for the Broncos? There are so many 'big' games on Denver's slate, that games at NYG, at DAL and vs. Washington are not even nationally televised games. All three just missed the cut.

The Broncos play five nationally televised games, including the season opener vs. Baltimore on September 5th. Of the other nationally televised games, the Broncos play the Raiders on Monday Night Football, the San Diego Chargers on Thursday Night Football and finally, at NE and at Indianapolis on Sunday Night Football.

When you read that the Broncos have the easiest strength of schedule entering 2013, we know that's not really a reliable statistic. The Broncos entered 2012 with second-toughest schedule, and finished with a 13-3 record—tied for tops in the NFL.

Looking across Denver's 16-game schedule, there aren't many games on the schedule that aren't 'must-see' quality. The only two that come to mind are games vs. the Jaguars in Week 6 and a Week 14 meeting with the Titans.

There will be many storylines to watch during the 2013 season for the Broncos—How will they rebound after losing in heartbreaking fashion to the Ravens in the playoffs? Will Denver prove that they can beat the elite teams in the AFC after going 1-3 vs. their top competition in the AFC (Texans, Patriots, Ravens)? Will the AFC West provide a challenge to the Broncos unlike last year?

In-game storylines that highlight the season include Mike Shanahan's return to Denver as an opposing head coach for the first time since being fired after the 2008 season. The Manning Bowl. Manning vs. Brady for the 14th time. Denver visiting "Big D"  in Week 5.

There will be a target on Denver's back, as they were clearly the best team in the AFC throughout the 2012 regular season and entered the offseason as betting favorites to win the Super Bowl.

One thing is for certain—there will be no shortage of excitement and big-time games throughout the 2013 season for the 2013 Denver Broncos.