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chiefs1111
03-23-2009, 02:25 PM
TITANS-STEELERS OPENS THE SEASON
Posted by Mike Florio on March 23, 2009, 2:41 p.m.

The next time the Tennessee Titans try to desecrate a Terrible Towel, they’ll have to deal with a house full of Steelers fans.

The Titans open the 2009 season with a Thursday night visit to Heinz Field, according to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

The league is expected to make the announcement later today in conjunction with the league meetings in Dana Point, California.

The game will be played on the evening of September 10, and it will pit the top seed from the 2008 AFC playoffs against the defending Super Bowl champs.

Since 2004, the league has opened the NFL season with a game involving the reigning league champs.

http://www.profootballtalk.com/category/rumor-mill/

Guru
03-23-2009, 02:29 PM
When do 2009 schedules come out anyway? Seems like it should be pretty soon.

chiefs1111
03-23-2009, 02:30 PM
When do 2009 schedules come out anyway? Seems like it should be pretty soon.

Normally it comes out 2 weeks or so before the draft

Buck
03-23-2009, 02:51 PM
When do 2009 schedules come out anyway? Seems like it should be pretty soon.

Usually when they announce the first game of the year, they also add in the other Nationally televised week 1 games, and the Thanksgiving Games, as well as the overseas game.

So that'll be today.

Final Schedules come out mid-April

Brock
03-23-2009, 02:53 PM
That's because the supposedly tough Baltimore Ravens ducked playing the Steelers on opening night.

Buck
03-23-2009, 02:53 PM
http://blogs.usatoday.com/thehuddle/2009/03/steelers-to-hos.html

Steelers to host Titans in 2009 NFL opener

The opening games on the NFL's 2009 schedule are starting to take shape.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Titans will visit the defending champion Steelers on Thursday, Sept. 10.

Then, a Bills-Patriots matchup may be in store as the Monday night opener for ESPN, according to the Boston Herald.

That would pit Terrell Owens' Buffalo debut against the presumed comeback game for Patriots QB Tom Brady.

The league is set to announce several opening-weekend and national TV games during the owners' meetings this week.

Titans-Steelers will pit the AFC's No. 1 seed in 2008 against the Super Bowl champions. The Titans defeated 31-14 in Week 16, and several Titans players stomped on Steelers' "Terrible Towels."

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Buck
03-23-2009, 03:21 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
3/23/09

NFL ANNOUNCES PRIMETIME KICKOFF WEEKEND &

THANKSGIVING DAY GAMES


The NFL announced today its 2009 Kickoff Weekend primetime television schedule – including a Monday night “AFL 50th” doubleheader – and the Thanksgiving Day national TV tripleheader.

In a tradition that began in 2004, the Super Bowl champion annually hosts the NFL Thursday night season kickoff the following year. This September 10 at 8:30 PM ET on NBC, the Super Bowl XLIII champion Pittsburgh Steelers will host the AFC South champion Tennessee Titans, who had an NFL-best 13-3 record last season.

The Sunday night primetime game (8:30 PM ET) on NBC will feature a division matchup as the Green Bay Packers host the Chicago Bears. Green Bay and Chicago have won seven of the past eight NFC North titles.

On Monday night, September 14, ESPN will host a Monday Night Football doubleheader that will be part of the NFL’s celebration of the 50th anniversary season of the American Football League. The four clubs competing that night began playing in the inaugural 1960 AFL season. The first game (7:00 PM ET) will send the Buffalo Bills to Foxboro to visit the New England Patriots, the decade’s winningest team (102-42 since 2000). The MNF nightcap (10:15 PM ET) will be an AFC West battle as the Oakland Raiders host the three-time defending AFC West champion San Diego Chargers.

Continuing an innovation introduced in 2006, the NFL will serve up three nationally-televised games on Thanksgiving Day.

The early game (FOX, 12:30 PM ET) will be an NFC North meeting of the Green Bay Packers at the Detroit Lions. The second game (CBS, 4:15 PM ET) features the Oakland Raiders visiting the Dallas Cowboys in the Raiders’ first Thanksgiving game since 1970.

The Thanksgiving primetime game will be at 8:20 PM ET on NFL Network with the defending NFC East champion New York Giants visiting the Denver Broncos, marking the first Thanksgiving contest in Denver since 1963.

The announcement of the Kickoff Weekend and Thanksgiving games was made Monday by NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL at the NFL Annual Meeting in Dana Point, California.

The rest of the 2009 regular-season schedule will be completed and announced in April.

Agent V
03-23-2009, 03:25 PM
Because everyone wants to see more of the Raiders.

chiefs1111
03-23-2009, 03:27 PM
I can't believe they gave the raiders the other Monday night game again

chiefs1111
03-23-2009, 03:28 PM
Because everyone wants to see more of the Raiders.

I guess so ROFLROFL

Guru
03-23-2009, 03:32 PM
raiders? christ

Buck
03-23-2009, 03:34 PM
I can't believe they gave the raiders the other Monday night game again

Whats worse is that the Cowboys HAVE TO host an AFC team for the Thanksgiving Day game this year (its on CBS), so the choices were: Oakland or San Diego.

Jerry Jones obviously pulled some strings to make sure that he had the easiest game possible on National TV in his new stadium for Thanksgiving. Imagine the Ratings difference between 2 potential playoff teams, and 1 potential playoff team and the Raiders.

Buck
03-23-2009, 03:35 PM
I can't believe they gave the raiders the other Monday night game again

The Raiders have hosted MNF for Week 1 in 2006, 2008, 2009

WTF is wrong w/ this picture?

KCChiefsFan88
03-23-2009, 03:36 PM
Well they are looking for original AFL teams to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the AFL... not too many options when you are looking for the second team to host a double header (which eliminates an East Coast team).

What is the alternative option... Denver? The Chiefs?

Guru
03-23-2009, 03:36 PM
The Raiders have hosted MNF for Week 1 in 2006, 2008, 2009

WTF is wrong w/ this picture?Guess Al knows what he is doing with his money.:shake:

CoMoChief
03-23-2009, 03:37 PM
Awesome, a boring game of football is upon us all. Get ready for a 7-3 type of score

Guru
03-23-2009, 03:37 PM
Well they are looking for original AFL teams to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the AFL... not too many options when you are looking for the second team to host a double header (which eliminates an East Coast team).

What is the alternative option... Denver? The Chiefs?considering how pathetic the Raiders have been this decade, both should have been considered ahead of them.

Buck
03-23-2009, 03:38 PM
Well they are looking for original AFL teams to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the AFL... not too many options when you are looking for the second team to host a double header (which eliminates an East Coast team).

What is the alternative option... Denver? The Chiefs?

Chargers, Raiders, Chiefs (Texans), Broncos, Jets (Titans), Bills, Pats, Titans (Oilers)

I believe those are the original 8

Agent V
03-23-2009, 03:38 PM
I for one believe the entire nation longs to see McFadden hurt on the bench, Russell throwing balls into the nearest body of water, Tom Cable continuing his path to the Hall of Fame, and Al Davis biting others in the press box trying to turn them into zombies.

Rooster
03-23-2009, 03:43 PM
That's because the supposedly tough Baltimore Ravens ducked playing the Steelers on opening night.

That sounds like a chicken shit Denver move.

Mile High Mania
03-23-2009, 05:13 PM
Bills / Patriots ... TO vs Moss, nice.

Mojo Jojo
03-23-2009, 05:28 PM
The Raiders have hosted MNF for Week 1 in 2006, 2008, 2009

WTF is wrong w/ this picture?

Bottom line is that good or bad the Raiders bring ratings and ratings bring dollars. It is the same for the Cowboys, Packers and Steelers. No matter how good they are (NFC Champs) the Cardinals will never be a nationwide draw. TV is all about the ratings and the money, and with the money the networks spend on the NFL they want the best possible return on investment.

chiefs1111
03-23-2009, 06:00 PM
Bills / Patriots ... TO vs Moss, nice.

yeah,as soon as TO signed with the Bills you knew at least one of the Bills/Pats games would be prime time this season