Patriots-Colts open on a Thursday night

PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Super Bowl champion New England will
host the Indianapolis Colts in a rematch of the AFC title game to
open the 2004 NFL season on Sept. 9.

The league's third Thursday night opener will be televised by
ABC as part of its "Monday Night Football" package.

Other Week 1 games announced Monday at the NFL meetings:

  • Green Bay at NFC champion Carolina on Monday night, Sept. 13;

  • Dallas at Minnesota in the featured national telecast by Fox
    on Sept. 12;

  • and Kansas City at Denver in ESPN's Sunday night game.

    The rest of the NFL's 2004 schedule will be announced in April.