NFL announces 2003 kickoff weekend

Four more key games have been added to the 2003 Kickoff Weekend on September 7-8, including prime-time rematches of both of last season's conference championship games.

The NFL announced Monday four more key games of its 2003 Kickoff Weekend on September 7-8, including prime-time rematches of both of last season's conference championship games.

The Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers will open September 8 on ABC's NFL Monday Night Football (9:00 PM ET) against the Eagles in Philadelphia's new Lincoln Financial Field, a rematch of the NFC Championship Game.

The Sunday night, September 7, prime-time game (8:30 PM ET) on ESPN will send the Oakland Raiders to the Tennessee Titans in a rematch of last season's AFC title game.

Earlier that day, the FOX national doubleheader game (4:15 PM ET) will be Michael Vick and the Atlanta Falcons at the Dallas Cowboys in the debut of Bill Parcells as the Cowboys' head coach.

CBS, which carries U.S. Open tennis that Sunday in the late time slot, will carry seven early regional games led by a meeting between two more 2002 playoff teams – Indianapolis at Cleveland.

The announcement of the four games was made Monday morning by Commissioner Paul Tagliabue in his opening remarks to club owners, executives, and head coaches at the NFL Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona.

The NFL announced on March 6 that the regular season would kick off in prime time on Thursday night, September 4, on ABC with the New York Jets at the Washington Redskins.

The rest of the 2003 regular-season schedule will be announced at a later date.


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