MNF into Broncs

Apr 24, 2007 2:41 AM

The NFL has released the 2007 regular season schedule, which will feature the Denver Broncos three times on Monday Night Football, including twice at Invesco.

The Broncos, 17/1 at the Las Vegas Hilton Super Book to win the 2008 Super Bowl, host Green Bay in Week 8 and Tennessee in Week 11. The third Monday nighter is the Week 16 season finale Monday, Dec. 24 at San Diego.

Other highlights are Weeks 4 and 5 when the Broncos visit Super Bowl champ Indianapolis and host the Chargers back-to-back. Another challenge will be in Week 12 when coming off the Tennessee game Monday, the Broncos have to visit Soldier Field to face defending NFC champion Chicago.

Denver also has a Thursday game in Week 15 against Houston, but will have 11 days to prepare for San Diego in the regular season closer.

NOTE: The Broncos play four of their last five regular season games on the road.

Here is the complete schedule (Home games in CAPS):

Sept. 9 at Buffalo; 16, OAKLAND; 23, JACKSONVILLE;

30, at Indianapolis.

Oct. 7, SAN DIEGO; 14, bye; 21, PITTSBURGH;

29, GREEN BAY.

Nov. 4, at Detroit; 11, at Kansas City; 19, TENNESSEE;

25, at Chicago.

Dec. 2, at Oakland; 9, KANSAS CITY;

13, at Houston, 24, at San Diego.

This will be Jay Cutler’s first full season at QB for the Broncos, which were edged out of the NFL playoffs by the New York Jets. Denver was 9-7 last season and rates as a 5/2 choice at the Hilton to win the AFC West, just behind San Diego (1/2). The Hilton has Denver 9/1 to capture the AFC title.

Denver allowed more points (124) in divisional games than any other AFC West rival and scored 82 points less than champ San Diego. The NFL takes place Saturday. Perhaps Oklahoma RB Adrian Peterson will be around. Denver picks 21 and could wind up with DT Justin Harrell of Tennessee or WR Dwayne Bowe from LSU.

Nuggets shocking Spurs

Denver, as the No. 6 seed, drew third-seeded San Antonio in the first round of the NBA playoffs. It is no longer a best 3-of-5 series, with the league adjusting to the normal best 4-of-7.

Entering the series, Denver was a +600 underdog against the Spurs. San Antonio was -900 at the Hilton, but now trails 1-0. The Nuggets are a 20/1 shot to win the NBA title, ranking ninth out of the 16 teams eligible. The Spurs are third at 5/2, behind Phoenix (2/1) and the Dallas Mavericks (6/5).

Though a heavy underdog, the Nuggets are 7-2 ATS in its last nine games, including two straight victories against the Spurs. Also, the over is 5-2 in the last seven Denver games.