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2011 NFL Schedule: Who Will Packers Play On Thursday Night Opener?

As defending Super Bowl champions the Green Bay Packers will be hosting a game on Thursday, Sept. 8 before the rest of the 2011 NFL regular season schedule starts that next Sunday. It's the first regular season game of the year so there's a lot of anticipation for it.

Who will the Packers host on that day? The NFL schedule will be released at 7:00 p.m. (ET) on Tuesday night but we can take a guess.

To me, there are two obvious candidates: Bears and Saints. Those are two 2010 playoff teams and I think you could make a case for either of them on Thursday night. Of those two, I'd pick the Bears. They played in the playoffs last year and it's an old-school rivalry.

The official announcement of the 2011 NFL regular season schedule is still a few more hours away.