GREEN BAY, Wis. (WTAQ) - The Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers will open the 2011 NFL season on Thursday night September 8 by hosting the New Orleans Saints at Lambeau Field.
It's the big NFL opening night kickoff at 7:30 p.m. Central time on NBC featuring the two previous Super Bowl champs.
Opening the season on national television on a Thursday is perfectly fine, according to Packers coach Mike McCarthy.
"I am excited, number one, just to be the team to open the season," McCarthy said. "That is always a fun game to watch, and to play the Saints here at home, I think it's a game everybody is going to be excited about. I know our fans will be excited about it and our players will definitely enjoy the competition of an excellent Saints football team."
The NFL released the entire 2011 regular-season schedule for the Packers on Tuesday:
Week 1 - Packers vs. New Orleans Saints: Thurs. Sep. 8 at 7:30 p.m. on NBC
Week 2 - Packers at Carolina Panthers: Sun. Sep. 18 at Noon on FOX
Week 3 - Packers at Chicago Bears: Sun. Sep. 25 at 3:15 p.m. on FOX
Week 4 - Packers vs. Denver Broncos: Sun. Oct. 2 at 3:15 p.m. on CBS
Week 5 - Packers at Atlanta Falcons: Sun. Oct. 9 at 7:20 p.m. on NBC
Week 6 - Packers vs. St. Louis Rams: Sun. Oct. 16 at Noon on FOX
Week 7 - Packers at Minnesota Vikings: Sun. Oct. 23 at 3:15 p.m. on FOX
Week 8 - Bye
Week 9 - Packers at San Diego Chargers: Sun. Nov. 6 at 3:15 p.m. on FOX
Week 10 - Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings: Mon. Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN
Week 11 - Packers vs. Tampa Bay Bucs: Sun. Nov. 20 at Noon on FOX
Week 12 - Packers at Detroit Lions: Thurs. Nov. 24 at 11:30 a.m. on FOX
Week 13 - Packers at New York Giants: Sun. Dec. 4 at 3:15 p.m. on FOX
Week 14 - Packers vs. Oakland Raiders: Sun. Dec. 11 at Noon on CBS
Week 15 - Packers at Kansas City Chiefs: Sun. Dec. 18 at Noon on FOX
Week 16 - Packers vs. Chicago Bears: Sun. Dec. 25 at 7:20 p.m. on NBC
Week 17 - Packers vs. Detroit Lions: Sun. Jan 1 at Noon on FOX
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