DENVER — Russell Wilson will make his return to Seattle in Week 1 on Sept. 12.
The Broncos quarterback, who was traded from the Seahawks in March, played in Seattle for the first 10 years of his career. Now, he'll return on Monday Night Football after the blockbuster trade that sent him to Denver. The game will be televised on ESPN at 6:15 p.m.
The Broncos' schedule will feature five prime-time games, after only having two in 2021 and not having a Monday night game a year ago. This of course is the effect of Wilson, as the Broncos are now expected to be a playoff team for the first time since winning Super Bowl 50.
On top of the Monday Night Football game that will take place Week 1, they will face the 49ers at home on Sunday Night Football in Week 3, the Colts at home on Thursday Night Football in Week 5, at the Chargers on Monday Night Football in Week 6 and the Chiefs at home on Sunday Night Football in Week 14.
As for their home opener, the Broncos will host the Houston Texans on Sept. 18. The Broncos will also have a couple unique games this season, playing the Jaguars in London on Oct. 30 and on Christmas Day at the Los Angeles Rams. And the Broncos will be well-traveled by season's end, totaling 27,398 miles in 2022, which will be the second-most in the NFL behind only the Seahawks.
"We always want to get off to a fast start, but you want to finish strong, too," coach Nathaniel Hackett said in a statement about the schedule. "So I think in the end it's about making the playoffs. That's our goal, that's what we want to do. We want to be in that final dance. So whatever we have to do to get there, that's what we want to do, and obviously every time we get onto that field, we want to win the game."
Here's a look at the Broncos' full 2022 schedule:
Preseason: vs Dallas Cowboys (Aug. 11-15), at Buffalo Bills (Aug. 18-22), vs Minnesota Vikings (Aug. 25-29)
Week 1: Sept. 12 at Seattle Seahawks (Monday Night Football)
Week 2: Sept. 18 vs Houston Texans
Week 3: Sept. 25 vs San Francisco 49ers (Sunday Night Football)
Week 4: Oct. 2 at Las Vegas Raiders
Week 5: Oct. 6 vs Indianapolis Colts (Thursday Night Football)
Week 6: Oct. 17 at Los Angeles Chargers (Monday Night Football)
Week 7: Oct. 23 vs New York Jets
Week 8: Oct. 30 at Jacksonville Jaguars (in London)
Week 9: Nov. 6 BYE
Week 10: Nov. 13 at Tennessee Titans
Week 11: Nov. 20 vs Las Vegas Raiders
Week 12: Nov. 27 at Carolina Panthers
Week 13: Dec. 4 at Baltimore Ravens
Week 14: Dec. 11 vs Kansas City Chiefs (Sunday Night Football)
Week 15: Dec. 18 vs Arizona Cardinals
Week 16: Dec. 25 at Los Angeles Rams (Christmas Day)
Week 17: Jan. 1 at Kansas City Chiefs
Week 18: Jan. 8 vs Los Angeles Chargers