NFL Rumors: Denver Broncos to Play on Thanksgiving

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The NFL schedule is still two months from being released but the Denver Broncos know where they are going to be on opening night and Thanksgiving Day.

Multiple outlets are reporting that the Broncos will open the season in the Big Apple where they will take on the New York Giants in the Sunday Night Opener. It makes complete sense from a league and television point of view: two good teams and Peyton Manning vs. Eli Manning in the biggest market. It will draw huge ratings which is always a plus in the league offices.

As far as the Broncos are concerned, you always want to open at home but starting in New York is not bad either. The game versus the Giants was always going to be one of the tougher ones on the schedule, and having it as the opener is an advantage. There’s a lot more preparation time for that game, Manning and the Broncos will spend parts of training camp preparing for the Giants. The team should be as healthy as they are going to be at that point. The last benefit to opening with the Giants on the road is the fact that the travel back east will be easier than it would be in mid-season. The Broncos won’t be coming off of a game the previous Sunday and the starters will be well rested. It’s not an ideal way to open the season, but if the Broncos can win that one then they are set up for a big year.

If you are a Broncos fan, you might want to start planning your Thanksgiving Day around a football game. It is a virtual lock that the Broncos will travel to take on the Dallas Cowboys on Turkey Day. Once again, this is TV gold to the networks. Manning versus America’s Team on one of the biggest days of football, no way the NFL is passing that up. The good news for Broncos’ fans is Manning loves playing on Thanksgiving, six touchdown passes versus the Detroit Lions a few years ago.

The rest of the schedule will be released in early April but there’s one thing you can count on. The Broncos will be on prime time and national TV as often as possible. That’s what happens when you go 13-3 and are widely considered to be one of the favorites in 2013.

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