NFL schedule set for release

Updated: April 12, 2009, 8:17 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

The NFL draft is three weeks away. Next Tuesday, fans will find out when they'll get to see their teams' draft picks for the first time.

The NFL schedule will be released Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET, in prime time for the first time. The entire 2009 regular-season schedule, including sites and times for all 256 regular-season games, will be released.

The NFL earlier announced Week 1's prime-time games and Thanksgiving Day games. The Steelers will host the Titans on Thursday, Sept. 10, in the season opener. The opening Sunday night game will feature the the 178th meeting between the Bears and Packers, in Green Bay on Sept. 13.

The Monday night doubleheader on ESPN on Sept. 14 will feature Buffalo, with Terrell Owens, at New England, with, the Patriots hope, a returning Tom Brady. That game will be followed by San Diego at Oakland -- all original AFL franchises.

The Dallas Cowboys and Detroit Lions get to keep their traditional Thanksgiving hosting slots.

The Lions go back to meeting the Packers that day, a matchup that occurred every year from 1951 to '63 and will happen for the 19th time. The Raiders will be at the Cowboys following that, and the NFL Network night game will feature the New York Giants at Denver.

The NFL's exhibition season begins Aug. 9 in Canton, Ohio, where the Buffalo Bills will play the Tennessee Titans in the Pro Football Hall of Fame game. The Cowboys will play for the first time in their new $1.1 billion stadium Aug. 21, facing the Titans.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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