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Looks like Sunday 1pm against??????
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced the 2008 Kickoff Weekend national primetime television schedule on Monday.
For the fifth consecutive season, the defending Super Bowl champion will open the season by hosting the NFL Thursday night season kickoff. The 2008 regular season officially opens on Thursday, Sept. 4 when the New York Giants host the Washington Redskins at 7 p.m. ET on NBC.
The kickoff will be 90 minutes earlier than the start time of the traditional season opener due to the Republican National Convention.
The Week 1 Sunday night primetime contest will feature a rematch of of Super Bowl XLI, with the Chicago Bears at the Indianapolis Colts at 8:15 p.m. ET. It will mark the Colts' first game in their new home, Lucas Oil Stadium.
The first Monday night of the 2008 season will feature a doubleheader for the third consecutive season. In two matchups of division rivals on Sept. 8, the Green Bay Packers will host the Minnesota Vikings at 7 p.m. ET, followed by the Denver Broncos at the Oakland Raiders at 10:15 p.m. ET. Both games will be televised on ESPN.
The announcement of these national primetime TV games was made by Goodell at the NFL Annual Meeting in Palm Beach, Florida.
I'm just psyched that we'll get to see Denver-Oakland. Aren't you?
I called it!
So we're left with the following possible opponents for Week 1:
What a snoozer for Week 1 either way
Looks like we'll be playing in Lucas Oil Stadium this year. When was the last time Indy actually came here for a game?
No kidding, what a horrible game that sounds like. Oh well, it's football so I'll watch - assuming I'm over (you know what) by then.
Division game or Rams, Cards, Chiefs ? Easy week 1, that's nice
2005 regular season. It is only fair since Indy seemed to come here for five years straight.
I was hoping for a tougher matchup. I'm curious about the team's mentality for 2008 and we probably won't know until we play a tough game.
November 5 2006
I still hold out hope for Pats/Rams week 1 on fox at 4:15. A ratings boom for Fox since it is a "national" game and against no other NFL game on CBS since they have the US Open.
Im psyched that I will be asleep by the time this comes on
I'm counting on the game itself to put me to sleep.
Yea, that's all pre-determined. There is a method behind it, although I don't agree. You can check here for the details.
So by the time this game rolls around, it will be two years since the Colts came here.
I like an easy game to start. There's nothing worse than being 0-2 and having to win four in a row, give me a win and I'll worry about the next 15 later.
We had the opposite back in the 2003-2004 timeframe, it all evens out.
The 2008 season marks the year that the colts fall off.
What's to say that we open at home week one? Maybe we open in Seattle or SF and get one of those West Coast games out of the way.
Well, it's only fair that after a long streak of us always coming to yours, then you guys would have to come to ours.. It was 2 or 3 years ago I believe.. But then it was probably like 4 or 5 years in a row at your place before that..
Sorry about you guys not getting a big time game in Week 1.. It really doesn't matter if you do or not anyway, you'll still play the same and it will still be on TV.. I think they just wanted to get a nice rematch game in a brand new stadium when they scheduled Colts/Bears.
I would like to see the Pats and Jets in Giants stadium for game one. Just because the Pats are my measuring stick.
That would surprise me, since that's how they opened last year.
I know these games aren't great, but it makes sense. The NFL knows they will get big ratings on Kickoff Weekend, so why burn the good games? The Colts get to win in thier brand new staduim, the Giants win the game after hanging thier Super Bowl banner, and the Monday Night games are decent...2 division rivalry games, one of which I am willing to watch if possible (GB/Minn).
You can't expect them to throw Colts/Pats and Giants/Cowboys on the first week...those are guaranteed ratings games they can sell ads for at a high price come mid season.
Exactly. Those big time games come in the middle of the season when some fans may start to cool off.. To get everyone going again.
The NFL does like to throw the non-primetime networks a bone from time to time. As a Cowboys fan they've often opened up as the Fox 4:15 game and then end up in primetime in Weeks 2 and 3. I believe the NFL finally gave CBS the Colts-Patriots game as a reward, and put Dallas vs Philly as their Sunday Nighter, since it had been a primetime game for so long. This year I bet the Pats big games verse Pitt, Indy, and San Diego end up in primetime, or at least 2 of 3 do, and so they at least will let CBS protect their biggest ratings draw by letting them have them opening weekend.
Sorry but did I miss something? Why isn't it possible to play Seattle or San Fran on oppening weekend? I don't think they announced that the Pats would play at 1:00 PM, so couldn't they play a west coast team at 4?
I just read the post above and that thought was uppermost in my mind too.
? Am I missing something? Why couldn't / wouldn't we open in Seattle, or San Francisco, or San Diego?
Beat you to it. I forgot about San Diego though.
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