The 2017 Denver Broncos will open up under the lights, in front of the whole football-watching nation.
According to Mike Klis of 9News, Denver's Week 1 game is a home Monday Night Football game against the Chargers in the first game of the new Los Angeles era.
The news has been leaked ahead of the NFL's schedule release that will take place at 6 p.m. tonight (MT).
In all likelihood, this will be the nightcap for ESPN's annual Monday Night Football doubleheader to commence the season. It's also the seventh consecutive season that the Broncos are opening in front of the Denver faithful.
There's really no better way to open up the year than against a divisional opponent. The Chargers will be carrying all of the intrigue of a new era (although I suspect half of Los Angeles has yet to hear the news) and the Broncos have the pressure of righting the ship after the first non-playoff season since 2010.
Some other notable storylines for the opener include OC Mike McCoy's first game against the Chargers since his firing after the 2016 season, the first chance for whichever quarterback wins the job in camp to actually hold on to said position, and of course the first test for new Broncos head coach Vance Joseph.
The Chargers are no push over. Denver and (then) San Diego split the series last year in two competitive games, and with emerging players like Joey Bosa, Hunter Henry, and Melvin Gordon, the Chargers will be gunning for a playoff spot while Philip Rivers is still at the helm.
Are you ready for some football? We'll have the full schedule when it drops later tonight.