Football

Owens' Bills debut will be in prime time

Terrell Owens will make his Bills debut on the season premiere of Monday Night Football when Buffalo visits the New England Patriots on Sept. 14.

If Terrell Owens was worried about a lack of prime-time exposure after signing with the Buffalo Bills, the flamboyant wide receiver had to like the schedule of opening-weekend games announced on Tuesday.

Owens will make his Bills debut on the season premiere of Monday Night Football when Buffalo visits the New England Patriots on Sept. 14.

As well as being the first game in a Bills uniform for Owens, who inked a one-year, $6.5-million deal earlier this month, the matchup should feature Patriots star quarterback Tom Brady, who hopes to play for the first time since a knee injury in the 2008 opener.

The second game of the Monday night doubleheader features the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders.

All four teams are original members of the American Football League. The games are meant to celebrate the 50th anniversary of that league, which began play in 1960 and merged with the NFL in 1970.

The Chargers, Raiders, Bills and Dolphins are expected to don throwback uniforms for the occasion.

The NFL also announced that the Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers will host the Tennessee Titans in a night game on Thursday, Sept. 10.

The U.S. Thanksgiving Day triple-header will feature the Detroit Lions hosting the NFC North rival Green Bay Packers, the Raiders visiting the Dallas Cowboys in their new billion-dollar stadium, and the New York Giants visiting the Denver Broncos for the nightcap.

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