The 2011 NFL season will kick off on Thursday September 8th, 2011 with the two past NFL Champions meeting in Green Bay. The New Orleans Saints travel to take on the Green Bay Packers in a game that will feature two of the biggest named quarterbacks in the NFL. Drew Brees led his New Orleans Saints to a 2009-2010 Super Bowl win, while Aaron Rodgers led his Green Bay Packers to a 2010-2011 Super Bowl win. The game will be the opening game of the 2011-2012 NFL regular season, and is played on Thursday night at 8:30pm.
The Green Bay Packers finished last season at 10-6, and their incredible Super Bowl run began as the final wild card team, and the number 6 seed in the NFC. The New Orleans Saints were 11-5, and were the fifth wild card team out of the NFC. The Saints had a heartbreaking loss to the under .500 Seattle Seahawks in round 1 of the NFL playoffs 41-36. Both teams will be featuring some players who weren't playing in the last year's playoffs. The Saints drafted stud rookie running back Mark Ingram who will get quite a bit of playing time in the opener, while the Packers are getting back their running back Ryan Grant, who was injured last season and missed their entire playoff run.
This opener is a big game to kickoff the season for both teams, as they want to give early notice to the league that they are contenders out in the NFC.
» Odds and Sports Betting Line
- New Orleans Saints: +5
- Green Bay Packers: -5
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» Free Prediction
While the Packers are the defending champions, the Saints still have Drew Brees and one of the best coaches in the NFL. I see this game being close throughout, with the only edge going to the Packers due to them playing on their home field. Both quarterbacks are going to have great games, and it'll come down to a field goal to end the game. I'm taking the Green Bay Packers to win outright.
- Prediction: Green Bay Packers- 27 New Orleans Saints- 24
» Free Pick
While I think the Packers are going to win the game, I think the Saints are too talented to not keep this game close. Drew Brees vs. Aaron Rodgers is a top notch match-up, and it's given to the fans in week 1 of the NFL season. I think the Saints cover the +5 here, but lose on a late field goal from the Packers. I'm picking the New Orleans Saints to cover.
- Pick: New Orleans Saints +5