Schedule one of the challenges facing McDaniels

Denver had many selling points for its new coach Josh McDaniels. One was not its 2009 schedule. McDaniels and the Broncos face what can only be termed as a brutal schedule next season.

The schedule features a matchup between McDaniels and his mentor, Bill Belichick. But not only do the Broncos play host to the Patriots, they also are scheduled to play home games against the Steelers, Cowboys, Giants, Browns and the AFC West. The Broncos’ road schedule includes the Ravens, Eagles, Redskins, Colts, Bengals and AFC West teams.

Denver is an 8-8 second-place team playing what amounts to a first-place schedule in what will be one of the biggest challenges that McDaniels faces.

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