Broncos v. Chiefs in prime-time opener

The NFL has announced that the Denver Broncos will open the 2004 regular season at home against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sept. 12 on a national, Sunday-night broadcast on ESPN. The game will be the first opener in prime-time since the 2001 season, when the Broncos hosted the New York Giants on Monday Night Football as the first game at INVESCO Field at Mile High.

Broncos to start at night - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Tuesday, March 30, 2004 - PALM BEACH, Fla. - At a meeting Monday morning, the NFL informed the Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs they would be squaring off in the league's Sunday night opener Sept. 12 at Invesco Field at Mile High in Denver. "When I heard," Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil said at the annual NFL owners meetings, "I said, 'Well, nothing like getting the fight started early."'

Draft choices grow by two - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Tuesday, March 30, 2004 - PALM BEACH, Fla. - The NFL awarded the Broncos two compensatory seventh-round draft picks Monday for free agents they lost last offseason. The Broncos now have 11 selections. In addition to their own pick in each round, the team has an extra pick in the second and sixth rounds and two extra in the seventh.

Bowlen excited for K.C. opener - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
March 30, 2004 - PALM BEACH, Fla. - For Broncos owner Pat Bowlen, the Sept. 12 opener amounts to a win-win situation for his team. "You've got two things going for you," Bowlen said Monday at the NFL's annual meetings. "It's Sunday night, opening the season. And it's Kansas City. I think it's a great game for us."

Extra picks for Broncos - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
March 30, 2004 - The Denver Broncos will have 11 draft picks this year - the most they have had since 1999. The NFL on Monday awarded Denver two additional seventh- round picks as compensation for free agents lost last off-season. While the Broncos signed free agents Jake Plummer and Daryl Gardener a year ago, they lost Olandis Gary, Tyrone Poole, Montae Reagor and Izell Reese. The formula for compensation is based on salary, playing time and postseason honors.

Instant replay, Tagliabue stay - Rocky Mountain News - Dave Goldberg, Associated Press
March 30, 2004 - PALM BEACH, Fla. - NFL owners are ready to give commissioner Paul Tagliabue a new contract and keep instant replay. The questions are how long Tagliabue's term will last and if replay will be made permanent.

Denver v. Kansas City on Sunday primetime -
March 29, 2004) -- The NFL announced four key games of its 2004 Kickoff Weekend that begins with a Thursday night, Sept. 9, primetime rematch of the 2003 AFC Championship Game -- the Indianapolis Colts at the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots (ABC, 9 p.m. ET). On Sunday, Sept. 12, the FOX national doubleheader game at 4:15 p.m. ET will feature the Dallas Cowboys at the Minnesota Vikings. Dallas reached the playoffs last season as a wild-card team, while Minnesota narrowly missed the playoffs when it was defeated on the final play of its season in Arizona. The Sunday night primetime game (ESPN, 8:30 p.m. ET) will be an AFC West Division matchup between two 2003 playoff teams, the Kansas City Chiefs at the Denver Broncos.

For Openers: Broncos to Face Chiefs in Week 1 - - Andrew Mason
Monday, March 29, 2004 - The full 2004 schedule is still not ready for release. But the Broncos learned about the opening act of the season Monday afternoon, when NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue announced that Denver will open the year at home against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sept. 12.

Broncos' Draft Order Set; Team Awarded Two Compensatory Picks - - Andrew Mason
Monday, March 29, 2004 - The league awarded its annual complement of compensatory draft picks Monday, cementing the selection order for the 2004 NFL Draft on April 24-25. The Broncos received two extra picks, both coming at the end of the seventh round. The league awarded Denver the 46th and 49th selections in the final round, which are overall picks 247 and 250, respectively.

Paid attendance mark broken again -
March 29, 2004 - Paid attendance for all NFL games set an all-time record for the second consecutive year, the NFL announced.

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