The NFL released the nationally-televised games for Week 1 of the year, and for the third consecutive season, the Broncos will open the year out of the coast-to-coast limelight.
For now, however, we can deduce some potential scenarios for the Broncos’ season-opening game.
1. The Broncos can’t face any of the teams whose openers were announced Monday. This rules out starting the season against the San Diego Chargers, Indianapolis Colts or Chicago Bears.
2. The Broncos can only be at home against an NFC opponent. This is because CBS traditionally does not carry any late afternoon games during the second weekend of September, owing to their coverage of the mens’ singles final of the U.S. Open tennis championships. Since the NFL has never scheduled the Broncos for a regular-season game beginning at 11 a.m., this rules out the Broncos’ six home games against AFC foes — three against their division rivals, two against AFC South opponents Tennessee and Jacksonville and one against the Pittsburgh Steelers. This leaves the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings as the only potential opponents for a season-opening home game.
3. The Broncos cannot play a road game against a team in the Mountain or Pacific time zones. Again, this owes to CBS’ U.S. Open coverage. So say goodbye to being the opposition for Lane Kiffin’s first game as head coach of the Oakland Raiders.
This leaves the following possibilities for the Broncos’ Week 1 game:
vs. Green Bay
at Kansas City
The league also announced its Thanksgiving games, and the Broncos learned they will not play on Thanksgiving for the first time since the 2004 season. Christmas Day falls on a Tuesday, meaning the Broncos will not play on one of the two major holidays for the first time since 2003.
WEEK 1 GAMES THAT HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED:
Sept. 6: New Orleans at Indianapolis – NBC – 6:30 p.m. MST
Sept. 9: Chicago at San Diego – FOX – 2:15 p.m. MST
Sept. 9: N.Y. Giants at Dallas – NBC – 6:15 PM MST
Sept. 10: Baltimore at Cincinnati – ESPN – 5 p.m. MST
Sept. 10:Arizona at San Francisco – ESPN – 8:15 p.m. MST
The full schedule will be released in April.
Tags: 2007 season