ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- The NFL may market the regular-season opener like a stand-alone playoff game, one for the whole nation to see, but somebody in the league's marketing department forgot to tell folks in Denver.
An enormous banner of Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco hangs next to one of Peyton Manning on Sports Authority Field at Mile High as part of promoting the Sept. 5 "Kickoff'' game between the Broncos and Ravens. It has been the target of plenty of honked horns and a shout or two from the cars cruising by on I-25 right outside the stadium. The banners, with Flacco's picture on them, are scattered in several downtown locations as well.
Here's the report from the local CBS affiliate.
As Super Bowl champions the Ravens were slated to host the regular-season opener, but the team had a conflict with the Baltimore Orioles, who have a game that night, and the teams could not reach a resolution. So the NFL eventually moved the regular-season opener for the league to Denver.
Asked following practice about the banners, Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe said, "We'll take care of that, you guys come to the game.''
The space for the banners was purchased by the NFL from the Downtown Denver Partnership.