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Broncos will open 2013 season against Ravens on Thursday Night Football

Update: The Broncos 2013 schedule has been released.

Revenge comes early? The Broncos will open the 2013 season against the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens, according to multiple reports.

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The 2013 NFL Schedule is expected to be released at 6pm MT today, which brings up the burning question: Who will the Denver Broncos play in their season opener?

According to a report in the Denver Post, the Broncos' season opener is "likely" to be at home against the defending Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens, making it the season opener for the entire NFL.

UPDATE: Jason La Canfora reports that this will indeed be the opener.

If it holds true, the Broncos would open the NFL regular season on September 5, 2013, on Thursday Night Football on NBC. The game would feature an early chance for revenge for a jilted Broncos squad that was eliminated from playoff contention by the Ravens in double overtime on January 12 this year.

It would also feature a chance for the Broncos to welcome Elvis Dumervil back to Denver the most appropriate way they can -- in front of a voracious home crowd.

In my book, the only other viable season opener I see on the list of Denver's games is the Broncos' trip to the Indianapolis Colts. Peyton Manning's return to his former team would make for great Week One television on, say, Sunday Night Football...