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What we'll see: NFL openers kick off the week ahead

Peyton Manning makes his debut in Denver on Sunday night against Pittsburgh.
Peyton Manning makes his debut in Denver on Sunday night against Pittsburgh. AP

What we'll see

Sunday

The first full Sunday of the NFL season includes matchups in the AFC and NFC pitting projected Super Bowl contenders against each other. San Francisco visits Green Bay (4:25 p.m., Fox-56) and Pittsburgh is at Denver (8:20 p.m., NBC-18)

Monday

Cincinnati makes its first appearance on Monday Night Football since 2010 when the Bengals visit the Baltimore Ravens. The Bengals are 9-19 all time on Monday Night Football, have lost three in a row to Baltimore and are a seven-point underdog. And don't forget that the Ravens are a popular pick to win the AFC this season. That's what you call a tough spot for a season opener. (7 p.m., ESPN)

Friday

Six new inductees join the University of Kentucky Athletics Hall of Fame during an induction ceremony at the Marriott Griffin Gate hotel. The 2012 class includes Derek Abney (football), Leroy Edwards (basketball), J.B. Holmes and Nancy Scranton (golf), Jeff Keener (baseball) and Clayton Moss (swimming and diving). (6 p.m.)

Saturday

Louisville's 2012 schedule — which many Cardinals fans think offers the possibility of an undefeated season — includes precious few opportunities to impress the pollsters. Last Sunday's nationally televised victory over Kentucky was one. Here's another: North Carolina at Louisville. (3:30 p.m., ABC-36 or ESPN2)

Saturday

The University of Kentucky welcomes back its former players now in the NBA for the UK Alumni Charity Game in Rupp Arena. The afternoon also will include an appearance by members of the Wildcats' 1996 national champions. When you add it all up, that's a lot of stars in the house. (Doors open at 11 a.m. alumni game begins at 2 p.m.)

Saturday

Western Kentucky visits Commonwealth Stadium looking to take a step up in class within the state — a turn of events that UK would just as soon avoid given a loss to Louisville is already on the books this season. (7 p.m., ESPNU)

Mathew Graf

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