Thursday, April 18, 2013
Season opener would be gift to Broncos
By Bill Williamson
It is being widely reported that the Denver Broncos will host the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens on Sept. 5 in the NFL season-opening game.
The season-opener has been reserved to be played at the home of the Super Bowl winner, but the Ravens were unable to host because of a conflict with baseball’s Baltimore Orioles. The NFL schedule will officially be announced Thursday at 8 p.m. ET.
This matchup between Denver and Baltimore would make sense. The first game of the season is usually always highly anticipated and there's a festive feel around it.
This game would also give Denver a chance to start training camp a few days earlier than most teams, and it would give them a 10-day break between its first and second games of the season.
Also, starting out against Baltimore would give Denver a chance to get the bad taste of the 2012 finale out of its mouth. Baltimore stunned the Broncos in double overtime in January on its way to winning the Super Bowl.
In a game that would have many storylines, of course, an intriguing one would be Elvis Dumervil’s return. He left in free agency after the infamous fax machine fiasco that blocked his return to the Broncos.
We will know officially Thursday night if this game will indeed take place, but it seems like a perfect fit.