Published 6:56 a.m. ET Sept. 9, 2019
SportsPulse: Despite all the drama the past month, days, and hours, Antonio Brown wins big and is likely closer to a championship than he’s ever been before says USA TODAY’s Mike Jones.
USA TODAYWeek 1 of the 2019 NFL season — the league’s 100th campaign — concludes with a “Monday Night Football” doubleheader on ESPN.The MNF capper is the Oakland Raiders hosting the Denver Broncos at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. The Raiders have been in the spotlight all preseason. The team’s lead-up to the regular season was carefully chronicled on HBO’s “Hard Knocks” and the dramatic release of wide receiver Antonio Brown was an unwelcome development in Oakland.The Broncos experienced far less drama, but come into the season with a new head coach, coordinators, systems and starting quarterback. Joe Flacco takes over behind center as the Broncos continue to look for consistency at the position since Peyton Manning’s retirement.NFL NEWS, DELIVERED: Get exclusive NFL analysis and commentary in your inboxThis game also represents the final season opener for the Raiders in Oakland. The team will relocate to Las Vegas for the 2020 season. The Coliseum is the only remaining stadium in the NFL that is shared with a baseball team and will have infield dirt on it for the first two games.Here’s everything you need to know for the game:Date: Monday, Sept. 9Kickoff time: 10:20 p.m. ETChannel: ESPNStream: WatchESPN, NFL Game Pass (out of market)Location: Oakland-Alameda County ColiseumOdds: Broncos -2.5, over/under 42.5Broncos vs. Raiders key readings:MNF: Brown’s release adds more intrigue to Broncos-Raiders openerHOW DID WE GET HERE? How Antonio Brown came to be released by RaidersBRONCOS-RAIDERS: Teams have played in seven previous season openersAutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext SlideIf you love talking football, we have the perfect spot for you. Join our Facebook Group, The Ruling Off the Field, to engage in friendly debate and conversation with fellow football fans and our NFL insiders.