Sources: Packers Open NFL Regular Season At Home Thursday Night Against Saints; Redskins Will Host Giants

It looks like the Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers will get the New Orleans Saints to start things off, rather than the the team they defeated in the NFC Championship Game, the Chicago Bears.

Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the Green Bay Packers are scheduled to kick off the 2011 National Football League against the New Orleans Saints at Lambeau Field, a front-office source with one of the two teams told the Journal Sentinel this afternoon.

Pending labor negotiations of a new collective bargaining agreement, the game will be played the night of Thursday, Sept. 8.

As for the New York Giants, they will open up against their division rival Washington Redskins on the road, in the Nation’s Capital.

The New York Giants season will begin on Sunday September 11th against the Redskins in Landover, Md. according to Mike Garafolo of the Newark Star Ledger.  It will be played to commemorate 10 years since the 9/11 attacks and, unlike the Giants-Jets game everyone imagined, it will pay tribute to those who lost their lives at the Pentagon that day. The game will kick off at 4:15 p.m.

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