The 2011 NFL season, assuming it will start on time, will kickoff on Sept. 8, 8:30 pm est, with a marquee match up of the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers vs. New Orleans Saints.
The match up, which should please, will feature the past two Super Bowl MVPs, Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers.
Brees and Rodgers quarterback two of the most potent offenses in the NFL. Also, both teams possess magnificent, top 10 defenses.
The NFL did a great job of scheduling a game that will have Saint and Packer fans, or just NFL fans in general, excited for the start of the season, especially after an off-season of turmoil and uncertainty.
Other notable prime time games featuring the New Orleans Saints include: Sunday Night Football vs. the Indianapolis Colts on Oct. 23, Monday Night Football vs. the New York Giants on Nov. 28 and Monday Night Football vs. NFC South rival Atlanta Falcons on Dec. 26.
New Orleans has a schedule, that I have said in a previous post, primes them to make another NFC South division title and a run at another Super Bowl championship.
New Orleans hosts it tougher opponents such as Chicago, Houston, Indianapolis and the New York Giants, while traveling to opponents that struggled in 2010.
The release of the 2011 NFL schedule gives fans hope that a new CBA will be in place before the season begins, and that all 16 games will be played on time.
Without a CBA, free agency has been nullified. However, the NFL Draft will still be underway on April 28 at Radio City Music Hall in NYC.
So have faith in the 2011 schedule, the draft and the season altogether. The Saints are going to do special things this upcoming season.