Horse Tracks - 3-22-10 - Broncos to start at home?

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Happy Monday Broncos Country!  After a 2-day respite, HT is back to give you a boost from the Monday blah's.  While anytime Pat Bowlen talks is big news, being that he's the Owner and all, I thought I'd focus on a tidbit about the Broncos schedule - specifically the rumor that Denver might actually start the season at home, on Monday Night, against the Raiders.  The NFL will release portions of the 2010 prime time schedule today, including Opening Weekend.  Not since 2004 - when the Broncos beat the Chiefs 34-24 - have the Broncos started a season at home.  It's been awhile to be sure.  The Broncos have been successful, recently at least, at the Opening road games, winning 3 straight.  Still, getting a jump-start on the home schedule, especially against a divisional opponent that has beaten the Broncos 2 years running at Invesco like the Raiders have, well, that can never be a bad thing.  One thing to consider - there are always 2 Monday Night games during Week 1, and traditionally that late game has been played on the west coast.  Time isn't a factor, obviously, and we already know the Jets will play their first game in their shiny new stadium earlier that night.  We should know today what the plan is, but with the Broncos always in the headlines - along with the acquisition of Brady Quinn - I'm sure the Broncos would be a juicy story for the 'late game'.

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