The Denver Broncos and the other 31 teams in the NFL won't know their complete 2012 schedules until the middle of April, but there is some belief that the team will play in the first Sunday Night Football game of the season, according to the L.A. Times' Sam Farmer:
There's a good chance Denver will play host to the first Sunday night game. That was a strong possibility when Tebow was penciled in as the quarterback, and the signing of Manning has only made the Broncos more intriguing.
The league is going to need to be careful this season when scheduling its prime time games. Last season, the league and the networks were bitten hard when Manning's neck injury prevented him from playing last season. The Indianapolis Colts were scheduled for several games in prime time and fans saw a very poor Colts team.
This move makes sense, as Farmer points out, because Manning's return to the gridiron will be such a big story -- possibly even bigger than the New York Giants defending their Super Bowl title in the first game of the season.