Giants Visit Cowboys, Jets Host Buccaneers in NFL Season Openers

The New York Jets open their 2013 National Football League season at home against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sept. 8, while the New York Giants travel to the Dallas Cowboys the same day.

The Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens break with tradition to open their season on the road against the Denver Broncos on Sept. 5, a Thursday. The Ravens couldn’t start their season at home because of a schedule conflict with Major League Baseball’s Baltimore Orioles, who play in an adjacent stadium.

The NFL last night announced its 17-week, 256-game regular-season schedule, which ends Dec. 29 with 16 intradivision games.

The Jets’ game at MetLife Stadium marks the team’s fourth straight season opener at home, the longest such stretch in franchise history, the club said.

“The first thing that I look at is where you’re playing that first game,” said Jets coach Rex Ryan, whose team went 6-10 last season. “I always want to start the season at home, get that buzz with the home crowd and get them going.”

The Jets will play two prime-time televised games, on Sept. 12 at the New England Patriots and on Oct. 7 at the National Football Conference West champion Atlanta Falcons.

Manning Brothers

Giants quarterback Eli Manning will face his brother, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, for the third time during New York’s home opener Sept. 15 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

The Giants, who were 9-7 in 2012, will play five prime-time contests.

“When I looked at the schedule the first word that came to mind is ‘challenge,’” said Tom Coughlin, who begins his 10th season as the Giants’ head coach. “A unique challenge is the opener with Dallas two years in a row -- and this time we’re on the road.”

The Ravens, who defeated the San Francisco 49ers 34-31 in the Super Bowl, have four nationally televised games including the NFL opener at Denver. Thanksgiving night features the Ravens hosting the NFC North rival Pittsburgh Steelers to cap a tripleheader that begins with the Green Bay Packers at the Detroit Lions and the Oakland Raiders visiting the Cowboys.

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