Denver may open up at home against the Skins or at Jax, Mia,Buff, Gay C or NYG
Tuesday, March 22, 2005
For Openers ...
League's Week 1 Announcement Leaves Six Possibilities for Regular-Season Lid-Lifter
By Andrew Mason
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Based on the slate of nationally televised games announced Monday, there's a one-in-six chance that the Broncos will be at home to open the regular season.
The Broncos were not among the teams chosen to play on the opening Thursday, Sunday or Monday night. That means the only chance they have to open the season at home is to play the Washington Redskins, since CBS does not broadcast late games in Week 1 due to their coverage of the U.S. Open tennis championships.
If the Broncos open against the 'Skins, FOX would air that game, as they do all non-primetime home games against NFC opponents. The Broncos are 16-5 all-time in games broadcast by the FOX network, a ledger that includes the team's Super Bowl XXXIII win over the Atlanta Falcons.
Denver cannot face their other NFC home opponents, the Philadelphia Eagles, because they are slotted to open the season on Monday Night Football against the Atlanta Falcons in a rematch of the NFC Championship.
If the Broncos are on the road, there are five possibilities -- the Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami Dolphins, Buffalo Bills, Kansas City Chiefs and New York Giants.
The Broncos' other 2005 road opponents -- the San Diego Chargers, Dallas Cowboys and Oakland Raiders -- are all slotted into nationally televised games in Week 1 as announced by the league, with the Raiders playing at New England and the Chargers hosting the Cowboys.
The full schedule will be released at a later date. Last year it was announced on April 14; the year before it was released on April 3.