Broncos open regular season at home against Chargers, have 5 prime time games

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Broncos will open the 2017 regular season against the Los Angeles Chargers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Sept. 11, the NFL announced Thursday.

The home opener will be Vance Joseph’s first regular-season game as Broncos coach. And it will also be the first regular-season game for the Chargers since they moved from San Diego to Los Angeles.

The Broncos will play on “Monday Night Football” and “Sunday Night Football” twice each, and once on “Thursday Night Football.”

It’s the seventh consecutive year the Broncos will open the season at home, the longest current streak in the NFL.

And it will mark the 26th consecutive season the Broncos will play on “Monday Night Football,” the longest active streak and second-longest streak in NFL history.

The Broncos will play four of their first five games at home, but then have two brutal stretches with three in a row at home and another stretch of four out of five games away from Denver.

And based on last season’s records, the Broncos have the toughest schedule in the league, with games against teams with a .578 winning percentage in 2016.

The Broncos went 9-7 last season and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2010.

Broncos 2017 schedule

Monday, Sept. 11: vs. Los Angeles Chargers, 8:20 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 17: vs. Dallas Cowboys, 2:25 p.m. on FOX31

Sunday, Sept. 24: at Buffalo Bills, 11 a.m.

Sunday, Oct. 1: vs. Oakland Raiders, 2:25 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 8: Bye week

Sunday, Oct. 15: vs. New York Giants, 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 22: at Los Angeles Chargers, 2:25 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 30: at Kansas City Chiefs, 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 5: at Philadelphia Eagles, 11 a.m.

Sunday, Nov. 12: vs. New England Patriots, 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 19: vs. Cincinnati Bengals, 2:25 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 26: at Oakland Raiders, 2:25 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 3: at Miami Dolphins, 11 a.m.

Sunday, Dec. 10: vs. New York Jets, 2:05 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 14: at Indianapolis Colts, 6:25 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 24: at Washington Redskins, 11 a.m.

Sunday, Dec. 31: vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 2:25 p.m.

Preseason schedule

Thursday, Aug. 10: at Chicago Bears, 6 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 19: at San Francisco 49ers, 8 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 26: vs. Green Bay Packers, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 31: vs. Arizona Cardinals, 7 p.m.