The Dallas Cowboys will open their new US$1.1 billion stadium against the New York Giants on Sept. 20. The match was revealed with the release of this year’s NFL schedule on Tuesday.
The reigning Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers meet their division rival Baltimore Ravens twice in five weeks late in the season after they faced off in the AFC title game. They play on Nov. 29 and Dec. 27.
The NFC champion Arizona Cardinals, who were edged by the Steelers in the Super Bowl, are scheduled for three nationally televised prime-time games: Sept. 27 at home against Indianapolis; Oct. 25 at home versus the Giants; and Dec. 14 at San Francisco.
On Oct. 11, the New England Patriots take on Denver and former offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, now the Broncos’ coach. New England renews its rivalry with the Indianapolis Colts on Nov. 15.
The NFL had already announced the opening weekend’s main games.
The Steelers begin their title defense on Sept. 10 against the Tennessee Titans, who had the league’s best record last year and beat the Steelers 31-14 in the regular season.
The first Monday game features the Patriots — in what they hope is quarterback Tom Brady’s return — against the Buffalo Bills, in receiver Terrell Owens’ debut. Also that night, the San Diego Chargers visit the Oakland Raiders as the league pays tribute to the American Football League, which would have been 50 years old next year. All four of those teams are original AFL franchises.
New England also plays Tampa Bay in London on Oct. 25, with the Buccaneers as the host team.