The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colo.) Paul Klee column

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 24, 2014 at 6:37 am •  Published: April 24, 2014
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DENVER — What's a prediction without an apology?

Sorry, Seattle. I stink at predicting Super Bowls. No Red Hook for me.

But predicting the regular season? Straight cash, homie.

Last year, I missed the Broncos' final record by one. When the NFL released its schedule, I had the Broncos going 14-2. They finished 13-3. The culprit was San Diego's Thursday-night upset at Denver. You rascal, Philip Rivers.

This edition of Predicting the Broncos Schedule is dead on.

Just in case: can we buy a mulligan?

Week 1: Broncos vs. Colts

Date: Sept. 7 (6:30 p.m., NBC)

If there's an Andrew Luck banner flapping outside Sports Authority Field, the NFL has some 'splainin' to do. There won't be a Flacco Flag Fiasco, but there will be another reunion. Can't see Peyton Manning losing to the Colts again. Can you?

Prediction: Broncos 37, Colts 20 (Record: 1-0)

Week 2: Broncos vs. Kansas City

Date: Sept. 14 (2:25 p.m., CBS)

We had the Chiefs pegged in 2013. Andy Reid's new club was a cute story — and a product of a Charmin early schedule. Once again, the Broncos should worry about the Chiefs winning the AFC West like Manning should worry about bankruptcy.

Prediction: Broncos 30, Chiefs 24 (Record: 2-0)

Week 3: Broncos at Seattle

Date: Sept. 21 (2:25 p.m., CBS)

Note to self: Don't pick against the Seahawks in the Super Bowl. The 12s will send hate mail and harassing phone calls for months. Hey, I lived in the great state of Washington for four memorable years. You deserved a title, Seattle. One question, though: Is the nickname "12s" a nod to the number of 'Hawk fans pre-Pete Carroll?

Prediction: Seahawks 43, Broncos 8 (Record: 2-1)

Week 4: Bye

Week 5: Broncos vs. Cardinals

Date: Oct. 5 (2:05 p.m., Fox)

Last season the Broncos got a sneak peek at the site of the Super Bowl with an early season game against the Giants at MetLife Stadium. In Week 5, we can ask a similar question: can they return to University of Phoenix Stadium on Feb. 1, 2015?

Prediction: Broncos 33, Cardinals 16 (Record: 3-1)

Week: 6: Broncos at New York Jets

Date: Oct. 12 (11 a.m., CBS)

If Peyton Manning had considered Eric Decker an indispensable part in the Broncos' offense, Jesse's hubby would still be breaking hearts in Colorado. Instead, the Big Heartthrob is in the Big Apple, where I suspect he will prove the doubters wrong.

Prediction: Broncos 27, Jets 6 (Record: 4-1)

Week 7: Broncos vs. 49ers

Date: Oct. 19 (6:30 p.m., NBC)

The West is best. No other division is predicted to win more games than the NFC West (35.5 wins), according to the folks in Las Vegas. Only the Broncos are expected to win as many games as the Niners and Seahawks (11). The loser: East Coast bias.

Prediction: Niners 17, Broncos 16 (Record: 4-2)

Week 8: Broncos vs. San Diego

Date: Oct. 23 (6:25 p.m., CBS)

Ex-Charger Shaun Phillips is now an ex-Bronco. Considering the cold, hard cash awarded DeMarcus Ware ($20 million guaranteed), the ex-Cowboy better outproduce the 12 sacks scored by Phillips in his one season with the Broncos.

Prediction: Broncos 27, Chargers 21 (Record: 5-2)

Week 9: Broncos at New England

Date: Nov. 2 (2:25 p.m., CBS)

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