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saintfan 02-06-2012 11:56 AM

Will Saints Draw Opening Game @ NY Giants?
Saints could land another opening game - NFC South Blog - ESPN


It looks like thereís at least a chance the New Orleans Saints could be playing in the seasonís first game for the third straight year.

As the defending champion Super Bowl champion, the New York Giants will host the Thursday night opener at MetLife Stadium. That game will be played Sept. 6.

Iím just looking at the eight teams the Giants are scheduled to host in 2012 and the Saints look like one of the three leading candidates, along with Green Bay and Pittsburgh. The league doesnít usually schedule division opponents in the opener.

You also can probably scratch the Buccaneers and Browns from the list since theyíre not marquee teams. Green Bay and Pittsburgh each have national followings and the Giants and Packers could be paired in a rematch of the playoff game in which New York went into Lambeau Field and defeated the Packers.

But donít count out the Saints. They also draw strong television ratings and they played the Thursday night opening game at Green Bay in 2011 and hosted it against Minnesota in 2010.

SmashMouth 02-06-2012 12:02 PM

Is that a dig at GB?

W. Kovacs 02-06-2012 12:03 PM

I really hope so. I know it's tough to win that game for the team that's not the defending champs but I want the game in NY to be in warm weather...not December.

73Saint 02-06-2012 12:36 PM

I, like the author, am over the inaugural game...let someone else have it, like GB...

Ashley 02-06-2012 12:39 PM

All though I would love to see it. I think it will be GB.

buckblaster1 02-06-2012 01:14 PM

i was looking at the teams we have to play next season . it looks real good for us . i really dont see anyone on there that i think we cant beat. the one game i really like is the 49 ers in the dome , payback time for them

Euphoria 02-06-2012 01:28 PM

makes sense its GB being they won the SB last year... so the 2 previous SB winners going at it.

Also GB being the number one seed going into the play offs.

|Mitch| 02-06-2012 01:29 PM

I don't want to face the champs in the opening game; just something about the banner unveiling equaling a huge momentum hurdle for the away team...

AlaskaSaints 02-06-2012 01:43 PM

We got SACRIFICED in Green Bay last year, and I'd rather not be sacrificed in New York this year.


FinSaint 02-06-2012 01:45 PM

I hope the Saints won't play in it, because no matter how good we feel about their chances again next season - the probability of winning the season opener is slim to none.

I hope the Saints start next season in a regular way, Sunday afternoon and with a W.

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