NFL releases regular season schedule

Associated Press  |  Last updated April 17, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS - JANUARY 24: Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts under center during the first half against the New York Jets during the AFC Championship Game at Lucas Oil Stadium on January 24, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Colts defeated the Jets 30-17. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Peyton Manning's first game as Broncos quarterback will come in prime time as Denver hosts Pittsburgh on the opening Sunday of the NFL season. Steelers at Broncos is one of four prime-time games in the league's kickoff week, Sept. 5-10. The schedule, released Tuesday, has the Super Bowl champion Giants hosting the Cowboys in the first Wednesday NFL game since 1948; the league moved the game to avoid a conflict with President Barack Obama's Thursday night speech at the Democratic National Convention. The now-traditional Monday night opening doubleheader has Cincinnati at Baltimore, followed by San Diego at Oakland. A 14-week package of Thursday night games begins in Week 2 with Chicago at Green Bay. The Thanksgiving games are Houston at Detroit, Washington at Dallas and, in prime time, New England at the New York Jets.
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