A Thanksgiving Day game went so well for the Denver Broncos last season, they figured they’d play another one. The Broncos will play the Chiefs in Kansas City at 6 p.m. in the first tripleheader on the holiday, the NFL announced Monday. The other games are Miami at Detroit at 10:30 a.m. and Tampa Bay at Dallas at 2:15 p.m. Because Denver played on Thanksgiving last season, it could have refused the assignment. “I think it’s good,” Shanahan said before last year’s game at Dallas. “I think it changes up the routine a little bit. It’s a national-televised audience, which is always nice. I think it’s a mature football team that looks forward to the challenge.” After the Broncos beat the Cowboys 24-21 in overtime, Shanahan gave them three days off. Although the Broncos lost their next game at Kansas City, they won five straight down the stretch to wrap up the AFC West title. This year’s game will be broadcast on the NFL Network, the first regular-season broadcast for the network. The NFL Network will air eight games during the regular season, starting on Thanksgiving. Adelphia spokesman Sandra Mann said subscribers to the digital cable package in Colorado Springs get the NFL Network, but she did not know yet if the game would be simulcast on a local affiliate. The league announced a few games Monday and will release the full schedule in April. Pick added The Broncos were given an extra fourth-round pick in April’s draft as compensation for losing free agents Reggie Hayward, Kenoy Kennedy and Donnie Spragan last offseason. Denver’s pick is the 130th. CONTACT THE WRITER: 476-4891 or firstname.lastname@example.org THANKSGIVING LINEUP The Broncos will play the Chiefs as part of an unprecedented NFL tripleheader on Thanksgiving in 2006. Here’s the schedule: MIAMI at DETROIT 10:30 a.m. TAMPA BAY at DALLAS 2:15 p.m. DENVER at KANSAS CITY 6 p.m.
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