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NFL Schedule: Chiefs To Debut Arrowhead Renovations On "MNF"

The Chiefs' first regular-season game at the newly renovated Arrowhead Stadium will be on national TV, as they will host the Chargers on Monday, September 13, as the "second half of the opening Monday night doubleheader," according to Adam Teicher of K.C. STAR. The Chiefs "have never opened a season with a Monday night game." The Royals are scheduled to host the A's at Kauffman Stadium the same night, and Royals VP/Communications & Broadcasting Mike Swanson said the team is aware of the conflict and working with MLB and the A's to "see what accommodations can be made" (K.C. STAR, 4/21). Meanwhile, Lindsay Jones reports the Broncos "had put in an official request to open the season with a home Monday Night Football game against the Raiders." Instead, the Broncos will open the season on the road against the Jaguars, marking the "sixth straight year the team will play its first game away from Invesco Field at Mile High." The Broncos also "might have other reasons to complain to the league schedule makers," as the team "will play three consecutive road games in weeks 13-15" (DENVER POST, 4/21).

HOME SWEET HOME: In Jacksonville, Vito Stellino reports the Jaguars will play "three out of their first four games" at home, where the team "can take advantage of the heat at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium that often wears down opposing teams." This marks the "first time since 2002 that the Jaguars opened with three of their first four games at home," and the team is "hoping that the announcement of the schedule and the draft later this week will boost ticket sales." The Jaguars "still need to sell 20,999 non-premium tickets to avoid blackouts." They "need to sell 50,075 non-premium tickets and hope to sell 8,000 in group sales per game, which means they have about 13,000 left to sell on either a season-ticket or per-game basis" (FLORIDA TIMES-UNION, 4/21).

Ross' Wish To Play More Late
Afternoon Games Not Granted

TIMING IS EVERYTHING: ESPN.com's Tim Graham reported the Dolphins "were granted zero 4 p.m. kickoffs at home this year" despite the fact team Owner Stephen Ross "expressed his desire to play more 4 p.m. games at Sun Life Stadium to make the oppressive South Florida weather more tolerable for fans." The Dolphins will host "back-to-back games under the lights" with a "SNF" game against the Jets in Week Three and a "MNF" game against the Patriots in Week Four (ESPN.com, 4/20). However, in West Palm Beach, Ben Volin reports the NFL did comply with Ross' request to an extent, as the Dolphins "won't play a 1 p.m. home game until Oct. 24, against the Steelers" (PALM BEACH POST, 4/21).

GIANT DOSE OF REVENGE? The Giants will host the Panthers on September 12 in the first regular-season game at New Meadowlands Stadium, which "brings in the same opponent that humiliated the home team 41-9 in the bitter final game at Giants Stadium" last season. The Giants also will face the Colts on "SNF" in Indianapolis in Week Two, "meaning the entire country will see Eli vs. Peyton in the second Manning Bowl." Giants coach Tom Coughlin: "The uniqueness of the schedule is that we will play six games before we play a divisional opponent" (N.Y. POST, 4/21). ESPN's Trey Wingo said of the Giants' loss to the Panthers last year, "Don't think that isn't lost on the NFL, with how they lost that home game against Carolina: 'Well, let's bring in the Panthers again'" (ESPN2, 4/20).

NOTES: The Cowboys "will face the Super Bowl contestants in an 11-day span during the second half," as they will host the Saints on Thanksgiving Day and travel to Indianapolis to play the Colts the following week. That is the "first time in 17 years that a team has played the Super Bowl clubs from the previous season in consecutive games" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 4/21)....The Chargers "do not play a true East Coast game" for the first time since '92, as they "only go to the Eastern time zone twice" to play the Bengals and the Colts. The Chargers "have five games that are at least two time zones away, their fewest since 2006" (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 4/21)....For the "first time since the Browns returned in 1999, they won't be opening the season at home." Meanwhile, all 16 of the team's games are at 1:00pm ET (Cleveland PLAIN DEALER, 4/21).

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