That’s right. The Raiders.
The Raiders will play host to the Broncos on the second Monday night game on Kickoff Weekend. Nothing says the NFL is kicked off like having a few Broncos fans getting treated for head injuries.
The Giants thing was a given. Super Bowl winners always get the Thursday primetime game. The Colts are opening a new stadium, so that figures. Favre’s number will likely be retired or something, so you know that the NFL had to show that.
But the Raiders?
This actually makes a lot of sense. The NFL is required to televise one primetime game for each team. And instead of showing a late-season Raiders game where the fans will be dressed as Darth Vader, pharaohs and empty seats – many, many empty seats – the NFL will show a game when there are actually fans in the seats. Mostly because the Raiders fans are typically brimming with confidence at the beginning of the year, no matter how fat their quarterback gets.
Much like a trip to the dentist, this is better just to get it over early and move on. That way, fans can go back to ignoring the Raiders.