While their schedule doesn’t officially come out for nearly two months, pieces of the Broncos 2013 slate are already starting to fall into place.
According to NFL sources, Denver will be featured plenty in primetime. Reports are that Denver will make the maximum five appearances in night games, and may even be one of the three teams that is allowed to be featured six times on Sunday, Monday, Thursday and Saturday nights.
One of those moments in the national spotlight is almost assuredly going to be opening weekend. NBC would like to feature the Broncos as the season premiere of Sunday Night Football, as they did in 2012 when Denver hosted Pittsburgh. That Broncos-Steelers tilt, which featured the regular season debut of Peyton Manning in a Denver uniform, drew a huge audience, becoming the NFL’s highest rated regular season game in 14 years.
The network’s wish list for Sunday, Sept. 8, is as follows:
1. Broncos @ Giants – Peyton Manning versus Eli Manning. The huge New York television market. According to sources, it will be a “major upset” if this is not the SNF opener.