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The NFL will announce today that the Miami Dolphins will play the Steelers to kick off the season Thursday night, Sept. 7, at Heinz Field. The Dolphins, who did not make the playoffs last season, last week acquired quarterback Daunte Culpepper from the Minnesota Vikings. The Steelers' players and coaches will receive their Super Bowl rings that night.




My how things change from season to season.

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We will be between 3 1/2 to 6 1/2 point underdogs in this game. It should be interesting to see what happens :)


It isnt how I would want to kick off the year with that hard of an opponent. But, I think we should give them a good show. I hope Cpepp is ready. I know I will have his jersey by then :)

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AP story features Dolphins news plus more


ORLANDO, Fla. ? (AP) ? A Thursday night season opener

featuring Miami at Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh, and a

Thanksgiving night game at Kansas City highlight a portion of

the NFL scheduled announced Monday.


The league's new tradition of opening on a Thursday night

moves to NBC, which has taken over one of the prime-time

television packages. The Dolphins, who finished 9-7 last

season, will play at the Steelers on Sept. 7 at 8:30 p.m.



NBC's first Sunday night matchup will be a brotherly

quarterback feud between the Mannings as Peyton brings his

Indianapolis Colts to the Meadowlands to play Eli and the

Giants at 8:15 p.m. EST.


The main national TV doubleheader game for the full

opening day Sept. 10 has Dallas at Jacksonville at 4:15 p.m.



With ESPN taking over the Monday night package, the league

scheduled a doubleheader for Sept. 11. Minnesota will visit

Washington at 7 p.m. EST, followed by San Diego at Oakland at

10:15 p.m. EST.


That's an odd coupling. While the Redskins sell out every

game and have led the NFL in attendance for six straight

years, the Raiders rarely have a full stadium. That raises

the potential for a blackout in the Bay Area for the game

with the Chargers.


The Thanksgiving lineup features the Dolphins at Detroit

at 12:30 p.m. EST, followed by Tampa Bay at Dallas at 4:15

p.m. EST. And the league has added a third holiday game, with

the Broncos visiting the Chiefs at 8 p.m. EST.


The Chiefs used to host a Thanksgiving Day game in the AFL

days and have long campaigned to host one in the NFL.


"I've thought all those games should be rotated,'' Chiefs

owner Lamar Hunt said Monday. "But it's a plus for us to

have the first one at night.


"We have a history in them. We always hosted them before

the merger, and we've wanted to do it again.''


The Broncos-Chiefs match will be the first live, in-season

game on NFL Network, which will show eight prime-time games

from Thanksgiving through the end of the season. Those games

will be on either Thursday or Saturday nights.


"It ought to bring a great rating,'' Hunt said. "People

will be worn out from all of their Thanksgiving Day

activities, so they can sit down and enjoy the game.''


The entire schedule will be released in early April.

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