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The Super Bowl champion New England Patriots will open the season Sept. 8 with a home game against the Oakland Raiders and new wide receiver Randy Moss on ABC.
The Thursday night opener has become a tradition. This will be the fourth such opener, with the others played in Giants Stadium, FedEx Field and, last year, also at Gillette Stadium.
In announcing the opening weekend's national TV schedule, the league also placed the NFC champion Philadelphia Eagles on the road for the first Monday night game. Philadelphia will be at the Atlanta Falcons in a rematch of the NFC championship game as ABC begins its 36th season of MNF.
Also on the first weekend, the Indianapolis Colts will be at the Baltimore Ravens for the Sunday night game on ESPN, and the Dallas Cowboys visit the San Diego Chargers for the Fox afternoon doubleheader on Sunday, Sept. 11.
The remainder of the 2005 schedule will be announced next month, except for the Oct. 2 Sunday night game between the host Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers at Mexico City.