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NFL returns in New York, on September 6

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Yes, the 2011 season has ended.  But we now know that the 2012 season will launch at MetLife Stadium on Thursday, September 6.

That night, the Super Bowl XLVI champion Giants will host the first real game of the new campaign, hosting the Cowboys, Redskins, Eagles, Saints, Bucs, Packers, Steelers, or Browns.

Rarely if ever does the opening game feature a division rivalry.  So chances are it’ll be the Steelers, Saints, or Packers.

We’ll find out at some point before the draft.  Either way, it can’t get here soon enough.

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54 Responses to “NFL returns in New York, on September 6”
  1. wwwmattcom says: Feb 5, 2012 10:55 PM

    remember when the patriots lost the super bowl?

  2. briang123 says: Feb 5, 2012 10:58 PM

    It’ll be Packers. Same storyline as this season, last two Super Bowl champs..

  3. Awol.West says: Feb 5, 2012 10:58 PM

    This is too easy, it will be against the Packers. Countdown to free agency, then the draft…

  4. goldrush36 says: Feb 5, 2012 10:59 PM

    Saints or Steelers

  5. sterilizecromartie says: Feb 5, 2012 10:59 PM

    Packers @ Giants it is.

  6. slickzmoney says: Feb 5, 2012 11:00 PM

    I vote Giants vs Pack

  7. gdeli says: Feb 5, 2012 11:00 PM

    alright the season is starting 6 days earlier? ha

  8. sophiethegreatdane says: Feb 5, 2012 11:00 PM

    I vote Steelers. I love watching them lose.

  9. oumoonunit says: Feb 5, 2012 11:00 PM

    Ant that mean I will have 7 months of heavy PFT reading to do before I shut you off for the regular season. Thanks for the work you do…during the off season.

  10. The Prophet says: Feb 5, 2012 11:01 PM

    I’m hoping the Packers so the Giants can continue the beating they gave them in the playoffs!

  11. andrejohnsonforpresident says: Feb 5, 2012 11:01 PM

    Thank god! Maybe next year schuab won’t get injured and The Texans can make it to the superbowl like they should’ve this year!

  12. dumdumdidday says: Feb 5, 2012 11:01 PM

    Cannot get here soon enough, the NBA is kind of sloppy this year and baseball is always boring.

    As for NY, Eli seems like a class act, he was bad in the beginning of his career but worked to get where he is. However the people of NY – Jets and Giants fans are obnoxious.

  13. mkmwall says: Feb 5, 2012 11:02 PM

    Mike, so soon you forget. 2008 Thursday night opener was played at Giants Stadium. Division rival Washington Redskins @ New York Giants.

  14. mnsportswiz says: Feb 5, 2012 11:03 PM

    I am just glad that we have an off-season that will focus on Free Agents, Draft, and player trades instead of Lockouts

  15. desmondbishoptutu says: Feb 5, 2012 11:04 PM

    Packers. The revenge tour begins for the eventual 2012 champs, starting with the unbelievably lucky Giants and Elisha.

  16. warhawk04 says: Feb 5, 2012 11:08 PM

    As a packer fan congrats to the Giants. Would love to kickoff 2012 with a Packer-giant rematch.

  17. moosev says: Feb 5, 2012 11:08 PM

    No dum dum. The Redskins have opened up against the Giants at least 3 times in last 5 years. It’s likely the Skins/Giants will open up with each other.

    Here’s something to write about.
    Redskins new QB Peyton Manning
    Vs.
    Eli (week 1).

    You heard it here first.

    Redskins (2-0) vs. GIANTS in 2011.

  18. damnyoulinelliot says: Feb 5, 2012 11:11 PM

    Cool. We get to hear Cris Collinsworth talk again!

    *Sarcasm

  19. silverandblack052099 says: Feb 5, 2012 11:11 PM

    Go Raiders in 2012!

  20. damnyoulinelliot says: Feb 5, 2012 11:14 PM

    Packers vs Giants

    You could tell Aaron Rodgers wanted to slap Costas in the face during pregame every time he would say, “you know this guy beside me, Aaron Rodgers, would’ve liked to be playing today in the Super Bowl.”

  21. daknight93 says: Feb 5, 2012 11:19 PM

    it will be packers vs. giants in a rematch…last 2 super bowl champions

  22. deebo92 says: Feb 5, 2012 11:23 PM

    Let’s be honest, the NFL is looking for ratings aka Packers or Steelers..youre move Goodell

  23. azdisneyfan says: Feb 5, 2012 11:31 PM

    Don’t the Giants play the 49ers next season too (since the 49ers finished first in the NFC West, like the Giants finished first in the NFC East, and all 1st place teams in their conference play each other)? I think Giants vs. 49ers should and will be the opener.

  24. slickzmoney says: Feb 5, 2012 11:38 PM

    @azdiseyfan 49ers is a road game and SB champs always open at home Great MNF matchup tho

  25. leronford says: Feb 5, 2012 11:42 PM

    Are you guys kidding? It will be Giants-Cowboys on September 6th. NBC had both matchups last season and had record ratings. No way they walk away from that, especially since NY wouldn’t have even made the playoffs if Dallas had not blown a 12 point 4th quarter lead to lose the first matchup.

  26. wrossi81 says: Feb 5, 2012 11:44 PM

    It’s pretty amazing that the schedules lined up so that the 3 teams that won the Super Bowl between 2008 and 2012 (Steelers, Saints, Packers) all play at the Giants next season. They couldn’t have planned that better if they tried.

  27. apm says: Feb 5, 2012 11:48 PM

    Giants with play the 49ers *in San Francisco* at some point during the season.

  28. jackdiesel says: Feb 5, 2012 11:50 PM

    It’ll be the Packers. I doubt the NFL wants to risk an opening day beat down like the ones the Saints have put on the Giants for the last 2 years.

  29. bigbluenoser says: Feb 5, 2012 11:51 PM

    Oh ya how sweet it is

  30. mike913 says: Feb 5, 2012 11:57 PM

    giants vs 49ers will not be the opener for the simple fact the giants will open the season at home like all the previous sb champs and they play the 49ers in SF therefore it cant be the opener so itll probably be the packers but im hoping its the cowgirls or eagles

  31. TxGrown says: Feb 6, 2012 12:00 AM

    Giants vs Jets!

  32. Deb says: Feb 6, 2012 12:05 AM

    @TxGrown …

    Giants don’t play the Jets next season. They play the AFC North.

  33. Deb says: Feb 6, 2012 12:06 AM

    Humor, guys. And how old are you? Have you never heard the expression “Are we there yet?”
    :roll:

  34. realitypolice says: Feb 6, 2012 12:14 AM

    I am so glad that next season will be starting on time, unlike this past season, when the greedy owners and players delayed the season by……….oh, wait, never mind.

    Hopefully some of the millions of fans who boycotted the season like they all swore they would do will come back…..oh, wait, never mind.

    Move along, nothing to see here.

  35. justwinbaby29 says: Feb 6, 2012 12:15 AM

    Just seven months till kickoff!!!

    NFL will probably go Packers-Giants but I’d save the big NFC games for later in the season and go Steelers-Giants…two top NFL franchises one AFC, one NFC.

    Congrats to the Super Bowl champion New York Giants!!!

  36. 1972wasalongtimeago says: Feb 6, 2012 12:23 AM

    At least this is a story about something that will happen in only 7 months. Eli’s HOF candidacy isn’t for 10-15 years and PFT is already hot on the case.

  37. swagger52 says: Feb 6, 2012 12:34 AM

    It won’t be steelers. They are too old and would be likely dead by then.

  38. techvet says: Feb 6, 2012 12:47 AM

    The Steelers are over the hill, so it will be Saints, Packers, or Eagles.

  39. hanktheking says: Feb 6, 2012 12:53 AM

    What about when the Giants hosted the Redskins the last time they won it? Rarely “if ever” though right?

  40. demsaintsboyz says: Feb 6, 2012 2:15 AM

    Look for Saints vs Giants. Spagnola will be a headline.

  41. onebucfan says: Feb 6, 2012 4:48 AM

    What??? No one wants to see the powerhouse match up between the Giants and the Bucs??

  42. 4ever19 says: Feb 6, 2012 8:20 AM

    Real football is COLTS football. Bring on the Horse. You could always have the Manning now team vs. Manning past team. I’m just sayin’.

  43. rmc1995 says: Feb 6, 2012 8:51 AM

    You must mean the Thursday night opening game rarely if ever includes division rivalries. The NFL opening day had 8 games against division rivalries just this past season. The Thursday night game is basically an NFL sponsored pep rally for the defending champions and division rivals don’t exactly see that as a fair divisional home/away game. The NFL isn’t going to have a pep rally for the Cowboys when the Giants play there. However, while some teams may think its a competitive disadvantage Jerry Jones may love to have that spotlight.

  44. stairwayto7 says: Feb 6, 2012 8:55 AM

    Should be the Steelers with both QB’s from the 2004 draft class, both with 2 rings…however Goodell will make it the Packers and will have the fat guy in the discount double check commercials on the sidelines, throwing off his cheeshead and wearing a METLIFE Shirt!

  45. oldbyrd says: Feb 6, 2012 10:13 AM

    I can not wait to see stubborn Reid with the same bad decesions. Wonder what Jason Pieere Paul they will pass on this year?. Wonder which under sized Def End (Brandon Grahm) they will move up to take? Wonder which players he will play out of position. Wonder which medicor 28 year old he will take in the first round? Wonder who will be the next Stacy Andrews? Wonder who will be the next Jerome McDougal? Im sick of the Laurel and Hardy show. Laurie and Reid. NY Giants win 2 Super Bowls in 4 years. Laurie “Andy Reid is the coach to take us to the Super Bowl” Wake Up

  46. dvdman123 says: Feb 6, 2012 10:23 AM

    Giants/Saints would not be pretty. The Giants do not match up well with them on defense. So I betting on Giants/Packer season kick-off game.

  47. mrwhite2012 says: Feb 6, 2012 11:24 AM

    They play in New Jersey

  48. hayb21 says: Feb 6, 2012 12:06 PM

    could someone please fill me in on how we know which divisions teams play next year already? who will the nfc north play?

  49. contra74 says: Feb 6, 2012 5:23 PM

    desmondbishoptutu says:
    Feb 5, 2012 11:04 PM
    Packers. The revenge tour begins for the eventual 2012 champs, starting with the unbelievably lucky Giants and Elisha.
    ———
    Its no wonder why the packer fanbase ranks in the top 3 as one of the most annoying fanbases around. The packers delusion bubble burst and the Giants were the ones holding the pin. The packers were blatantly exposed by not only the Giants but also the Chiefs. Get over it already!

  50. axespray says: Feb 6, 2012 6:07 PM

    contra74 says:Feb 6, 2012 5:23 PM
    “Its no wonder why the packer fanbase ranks in the top 3 as one of the most annoying fanbases around. The packers delusion bubble burst and the Giants were the ones holding the pin. The packers were blatantly exposed by not only the Giants but also the Chiefs. Get over it already!”

    says the guy that can’t get over the fact his team has done nothing since existing…. try trash talking with fellow dweller fanbases like the jags or bills… you’re not in the Packer’s league, only one that should be trashing on the Packers are the Giants/or chiefs.

  51. pack13queens0 says: Feb 6, 2012 6:57 PM

    It’ll be the Pack. America’s Team goes into NY & gets payback from the playoff game last January on their quest to 19-0 & their 2nd Lombardi in 3 years.

  52. favreblows says: Feb 6, 2012 7:21 PM

    I would think it would be the Packers. That would be the best ratings. GB is the favorite to win the SB next year and they will be looking for revenge. TT knows his defense was exposed this year and will try to address that in the early rounds of the draft.

    Gotta give Eli props though…..he is one clutch QB. He has now outshined both Favre and Rodgers at Lambeau…..and Brady twice in the big game. He is certainly one of the best in the game right now. The only guy I would take over him is Rodgers.

  53. uberdepressedbrownsredsfan says: Feb 6, 2012 10:29 PM

    Browns?

  54. davem23 says: Feb 7, 2012 6:53 AM

    Rarely? Really? The last time they one they opened against the ‘Skins’, I will never forget Strahan stepping out of an oversized model of the Super Bowl trophy, holding the real one just before the game started.

    I hope we (the Skins), don’t have to open there again, the crowd was fired up, the team was fired up. It was a smart move the Giants for sure.

    I personally would love to see Eagles-Giants, considering last year it would be a match of of the all-hype team vs. the no hype team. Like the Skins last year were picked by many to no have a chance, well they did it. 9-7 won the Super Bowl, maye the Skins aren’t so far away…..maybe

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