The Denver Broncos last year were one of the NFL’s best teams with a 13-3 regular season record and a trip to the Super Bowl. The Oakland Raiders were one of the NFL’s worst teams last year with a 4-12 record. It’s interesting to note that this year these two teams have something in common… both will face nine teams that last year played in the NFL playoffs.
The Raiders have the task of facing their three division opponents that each made the playoffs last season (Denver, Kansas City and San Diego) twice this year and then facing NFC playoff teams Seattle and San Francisco. A game against the New England Patriots gives them their ninth game against 2013 playoff teams.
The Broncos get their nine games versus ’13 playoff teams by facing division foes/playoff teams Kansas City and San Diego twice, contests against the Seahawks and 49ers, and then games against fellow AFC division-winning teams New England, Indianapolis and Cincinnati.
Here’s a look at how many games each team will play this season against 2013 playoff teams.
9: Denver, Oakland
8: Arizona, Seattle, St. Louis
7: Kansas City, San Diego, San Francisco
6: Atlanta, Baltimore, Buffalo, Carolina, Chicago, Dallas, Miami, New England, N.Y. Jets, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay
5: Cincinnati, Cleveland, Detroit, Green Bay, Jacksonville, Minnesota, New Orleans, N.Y. Giants, Philadelphia, Tennessee, Washington
4: Houston, Indianapolis
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