ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — There will be London on Halloween weekend for the Denver Broncos and now Los Angeles on Christmas Day.
The NFL announced another set of games Tuesday morning, this time for games broadcast on CBS and Nickelodeon. One of the games announced was the Broncos playing at the defending-Super Bowl-champion Los Angeles Rams at 2:30 p.m. MST Christmas Day.
The Rams play at state-of-the-art SoFi Stadium and feature such stars as defensive tackle Aaron Donald, receiver Cooper Kupp and quarterback Matthew Stafford.
Two of the Broncos’ 17 games are now known. Last week, the league announced the Broncos would play the Jacksonville Jaguars in London at Wembley Stadium on Sunday, Oct. 30 with kickoff at 9:30 a.m. Colorado time.
The other 15 games on the Broncos’ schedule will be announced at 6 p.m. Thursday.
There had been speculation the Broncos might play the Rams in the Thursday night regular-season opener Sept. 8. With that possibility gone, the Broncos' season opener may be against the Raiders in Las Vegas on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 11, or that Sunday night at Seattle.
While the immediate return of Russell Wilson to Seattle, where he played for the first 10 seasons of his career, would be a natural for a season-opening night game, a Wilson vs. Drew Lock quarterback matchup could be viewed as a little too much hype overload for a Game 1 that carries its own extra buzz, anyway.
The road game at Raiders may make more sense for the Broncos' season opener.
What's not subject to speculation is the fact the Broncos last played on Christmas Day in 2016 when they were whipped by the Kansas City Chiefs, 33-10, at Arrowhead Stadium. The night before that game, Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak informed general manager and longtime friend John Elway his intentions to resign as head coach following the season.
It's been a struggle for the Broncos ever since, although the acquisition of Wilson and infusion of a new coaching staff headed by Nathaniel Hackett has created hope of better things to come in 2022.
Also of note on the Broncos' schedule is where the team will play week 7 that is prior to the trip to London. The Broncos would like to play a home game that week, then take off the next day, Monday, for London and its week 8 game against Jacksonville. Road games at Baltimore and Carolina have also been discussed.
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