The Super Bowl-champion Baltimore Ravens will open the 2013 season in Denver in the now-traditional Thursday night kickoff game. The NFL champs usually...
NEW YORK — The Super Bowl-champion Baltimore Ravens will open the 2013 season in Denver in the now-traditional Thursday night kickoff game.
The NFL champs usually host the opener, but the Orioles are home Sept. 5 and could not move their game. So $121 million quarterback Joe Flacco and the Ravens were sent to Denver — to face Peyton Manning and the team they beat in double overtime on their way to the Super Bowl.
Baltimore preferred beginning the season Thursday night on the road rather than at home on Sunday.
Other schedule highlights announced Thursday: Manning returning to Indianapolis on Sunday night, Oct. 20; Manning against younger brother Eli and the Giants in Week 2 at the Meadowlands; and coach Andy Reid returning to Philadelphia with the Chiefs on Thursday night, Sept. 19.
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Both Manning brothers often have said it’s uncomfortable yet memorable playing against each other. It’s only happened twice, with Peyton and the Colts winning. Even though Peyton now is a Bronco, the dynamic is unchanged for the star quarterbacks.
The folks in Indy cherished having Peyton Manning as their record-setting quarterback for 13 seasons. He sat out 2011 after several neck surgeries, then was released by the Colts and signed with Denver. The reception he almost certainly will receive at Lucas Oil Stadium will be warm and loud.
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