The Thursday night opener has become a tradition. This will be
the fourth such opener, with the others played in Giants Stadium, FedEx Field and, last year, also at Gillette Stadium.
In announcing the opening weekend's national TV schedule, the
league also placed the NFC champion Philadelphia Eagles on the road for the
first Monday night game. Philadelphia will be at the Atlanta Falcons in a
rematch of the NFC championship game as ABC begins its 36th season of MNF.
Also on the first weekend, the Indianapolis Colts will be at the Baltimore Ravens for the Sunday night game on ESPN, and the Dallas Cowboys visit the San Diego Chargers for the Fox afternoon doubleheader on Sunday, Sept. 11.