2011 NFL Schedule: Green Bay Packers Begin Title Defense vs. New Orleans Saints

Jeffrey BeckmannCorrespondent IApril 19, 2011

ARLINGTON, TX - FEBRUARY 06:  Aaron Rodgers #12 and Clay Matthews #52 of the Green Bay Packers of the Green Bay Packers holds the Lombardi Trophy after defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25 during Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium on February 6, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers will begin their title defense at Lambeau Field against Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints, a front-office source for one of the teams told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Tuesday. It is a primetime game scheduled for Thursday, September 8th.

The game, pitting the NFL's past two Super Bowl champions against one another, should be a great one to kick-off the 2011 season. The Saints proved last season that the Super Bowl hangover is a thing of the past, and the Packers will try to be the first team to repeat as champions since the New England Patriots accomplished the feat in 2004-05.

Aside from their regular NFC North divisional foes, the Packers' schedule for 2011 includes the following teams (2010 record):


New Orleans (11-5)

Tampa Bay (10-6)

Denver (4-12)

Oakland (8-8)

St. Louis (7-9)


Atlanta (13-3)

Carolina (2-14)

Kansas City (10-6)

San Diego (9-7)

New York Giants (10-6)

The NFL Network is releasing the game dates and times for all 32 NFL teams in a live broadcast this evening at 6pm CST.