NFL announces 2007 MNF schedule
It's no secret that the coming edition of "Monday Night Football" will kick off with a doubleheader for the second consecutive season when the Ravens visit Cincinnati and the 49ers host Arizona. The matchups were revealed earlier this month.
9/10: Ravens at Bengals and Cardinals at 49ers
9/17: Redskins at Eagles
9/24: Titans at Saints
10/1: Patriots at Bengals
10/8: Cowboys at Bills
10/15: Giants at Falcons
10/22: Colts at Jaguars
10/29: Packers at Broncos
11/5: Ravens at Steelers
11/12: 49ers at Seahawks
11/19: Titans at Broncos
11/26: Dolphins at Steelers
12/3: Patriots at Ravens
12/10: Saints at Falcons
12/17: Bears at Vikings
12/24: Broncos at Chargers
Now that the full MNF schedule, released by the NFL on Wednesday, is in play, debate can begin anew as to which matchups offer the most intrigue.
The Ravens, along with the Broncos, will appear on ESPN a league-high three times during the 2007 season. Including their Week 1 appearance, Baltimore also will play in Week 9 at Pittsburgh, where the Steelers will be celebrating their 75th anniversary as an NFL franchise, and will host New England in Week 13.
In addition to home games for Denver against the Packers and Titans, the Broncos visit San Diego.
New England's game against the Ravens is one of two MNF appearances for the powerhouse Patriots. New England also visits Cincinnati in Week 4.
Reggie Bush and the Saints will host Vince Young and the Titans on Sept. 24 in Week 3, one year to the day after the Saints reopened the Superdome after being displaced by Hurricane Katrina.
New Orleans also will visit division-rival Atlanta in Week 13. That will be one of two MNF appearances for the Falcons, who also host the Giants in Week 6.
The Super Bowl champion Colts will make their only Monday Night appearance on Oct. 22 in Week 7, when they visit Jacksonville.
The following week, Brett Favre will make his only appearance on Monday Night Football in 2007 when his Packers visit Denver to face the Broncos.
The Dolphins make their lone appearance in Week 12, when Joey Porter makes what figures to be an emotional return to Pittsburgh to to face the Steelers in their second appearance on the schedule.
The NFC champion Bears make their lone appearance on the Monday Night schedule in Week 15, when they visit division-rival Minnesota.
"America's Team" makes its only appearance in Week 6, when the Dallas Cowboys visit Buffalo.
The final game on the schedule could go a long way in determining who wins the AFC West as LaDainian Tomlinson and the Chargers, who won 14 regular-season games in '06, host the Broncos.
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