After speculation that the Green Bay Packers would be a good opponent for the New York Giants in the NFL's annual kickoff game on Sept. 5, NFL vice president of football communications, Michael Signora, tweeted that the Giants would be taking on the Dallas Cowboys on professional football's Opening Day.
NYG vs Dal in kickoff game on Wed, Sept 5. Defending SB Champ 8-0 hosting kickoff game since tradition began in 2004
— Michael Signora (@NFLfootballinfo) March 27, 2012
It made sense that the Packers would be a candidate for the nationally televised season opener as a match-up of the past two Super Bowl champions that included high-profile players like Aaron Rodgers and Eli Manning. The defending Super Bowl champion is traditionally chosen as host for the game.
Alas, the NFL chose "America's Team" instead of Green Bay.
Not that the Cowboys don't have some star power of their own. Headed by quarterback Tony Romo, they're NFC East rivals with the Giants.
By virtue of the scheduling gods, head coach Mike McCarthy won't have to prepare his team for a game that's been pushed to a Wednesday so it didn't conflict with United States President Barack Obama's speech at the Democratic National Convention that's slated to occur on Thursday Sept. 6.
The Packers will play their season-opening game on either Sunday Sept. 8 or Monday Sept. 9 when the NFL has traditionally played two Monday Night Football games in Week 1.
The NFL's full regular-season schedule is typically released in mid-April.
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