Week 1Posted: September 4, 2014
Seattle crushed Peyton Manning’s Super Bowl hopes in February.
The reward? A season opening home game.
The Seahawks begin their title defense Thursday, hosting the Packers on NBC at 8:30 p.m. The teams’ last meeting at CenturyLink Field came early in 2012, when the Seahawks won on the final play “Fail Mary” in the final game officiated by replacement referees.
Manning and his Denver teammates do get their NBC primetime game, facing the Colts Sunday at 8:30 p.m.
The Redskins open their season at Houston, looking to end a 14-game losing streak with top draft pick Jadeveon Clowney. Coverage is Sunday at 1 p.m. on FOX, followed by the 49ers at Cowboys. The Ravens start their season at home against Cincinnati on CBS at 1 p.m.
ESPN starts its opening Monday night doubleheader in Detroit, with the Lions battling the Giants at 7 p.m. The Chargers head to Arizona in the nightcap.
North of the border, Saskatchewan takes on Winnipeg Sunday at 4 p.m. on ESPN.
The college week starts Thursday on FoxSports1 when Arizona visits Texas-San Antonio at 8 p.m. ESPN has a Friday doubleheader, with Pittsburgh-Boston College at 7 p.m. followed by Washington State facing Nevada at 10:30 p.m.
Virginia Tech heads to the Horseshoe, meeting Ohio State Saturday at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
Notre Dame hosts Michigan at 7:30 p.m. on NBC while Michigan State heads west to battle Oregon on Fox at 6:30 p.m.
ABC has a pair of choices at noon – Akron against Penn State and Oklahoma taking on Tulsa. ESPN2 will have the game not shown over the air in your area. At 3:30 p.m., Stanford meets Southern Cal.
Missouri tackles Toledo at noon and Mississippi battles Vanderbilt at 4:30 p.m. on ESPN.
ESPN2 has Ball State against Iowa at 3:30 p.m. Auburn meets San Jose State at 7 p.m., and Colorado State travels to Boise State at 10:15 p.m.
FoxSports1 starts its day at noon with Kansas State-Iowa State from the Big 12. Texas hosts BYU at 7:30 p.m. and Texas Tech tackles UTEP at 11 p.m.
Clemson takes on South Carolina State at 12:30 p.m. on the ACC network.
Florida State hosts The Citadel Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on Comcast.
MASN2 brings SMU-North Texas Saturday at noon, followed by Missouri State facing Oklahoma State at 3:30 p.m.
NASCAR sets its 16-car Chase for the Cup after Saturday’s race in Richmond. Thirteen racers have already clinched their spots, and the others can grab a place with a win Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on ABC. The Nationwide racers go Friday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
NBC Sports network has the Italian Grand Prix Sunday at 7:30 a.m. There’s practice Friday at 8 a.m. and qualifying Saturday at 8 a.m.
The Orioles close out their homestand against the Reds Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN, then visit Tampa Bay for the weekend. Games Friday and Sunday are on MASN2, with Saturday afternoon’s contest on Fox. The Nationals host the Phillies for the weekend on MASN.
FoxSports1 offers Yankees-Royals Saturday at 4 p.m., and the two teams battle on TBS Sunday at 1:05 p.m. The Giants visit the Tigers Saturday at 1 p.m. on Fox and Sunday night on ESPN.
The U.S. Open closes this weekend, with the women’s final Sunday at 4:30 p.m. and men’s championship Monday at 5 p.m.
ESPN has quarterfinal action Thursday at noon and 8 p.m., and the men’s doubles championship Sunday at 12:30 p.m. while CBS carries the women’s semifinals Friday at 12:30 p.m. and men’s semifinals Saturday at noon.
NBC carries the BMW championships from Denver Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.
D.C. United takes on Vancouver Saturday at 11 p.m. on Comcast. Colorado clashes with the Galaxy Friday at 10:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network while Sporting Kansas City visits the Red Bulls Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ESPN2 has Portland against San Jose Sunday at 4:45 p.m.
The United States meets Ukraine in group play of the International World Cup Thursday at 11:30 a.m. on ESPN2. Play in the round of 16 will be Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN.
Chicago and Phoenix battle for the WNBA title, starting Sunday at 3:30 p.m. on ABC.