Saints and Packers will play in Jacksonville in Week One

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Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis said on Wednesday that no location for the team’s Week One home game against the Packers has been finalized, but it appears that may be the case soon.

The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports that the Saints and Packers will play the game at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville on Sunday, September 12 at 4:25 p.m. ET. The Jaguars will be playing in Houston earlier in the day.

The Saints decamped to Dallas ahead of Hurricane Ida’s landfall last weekend and do not know when relief and repair work will have advanced to the point that they will be able to get back home. The team will be practicing at Texas Christian University while in Texas and there were suggestions the team would play at AT&T Stadium with the Cowboys out of town, but that doesn’t appear to be happening because of a Los Bukis concert scheduled for the stadium later in the week.

Week Four is the next Saints home game after the opener, so there’s some time to go before there will have to be a call on the venue for that contest.

UPDATE 12:18 p.m. ET: The NFL officially announced that the game will move to Jacksonville.

32 responses to “Saints and Packers will play in Jacksonville in Week One

  1. Tons of Green Bay fans already have flight, room, and game tickets to NO. Not an awful 2nd choice – at least there is ocean front.

  2. So essentially both teams are being punished by fate and circumstance.
    These days starting players and key contributors have fewer and fewer mandatory offseason commitments and play less than ever before during the preseason. Many will be seeing their first on-field action of the season, and other have played precious few snaps.
    Now, instead of having to play their first full game in the climate-controlled environs of the Superdome, both teams get to play outdoors in the heat and humidity of Jacksonville.
    There will be a lot of gassed players on Sept. 12. I hope there aren’t a lot of injuries as well.

  3. That’s a win for Jacksonville! It will be about the only time in 10 years that they will see 2 good, winning teams on the field at the same time.

  4. All but two Packers starters sat out the entire preseason(two rookie offensive linemen). Saints should have the advantage in the heat. Conditioning will be a factor.

  5. Danielle K says:

    Hope you like humidity

    You have no idea. I live in Jax. For the past several weeks the heat and humidity have been awful. I went for a walk on Saturday night and was drenched from head-to-toe. I had to peel my shirt off. If it’s like that for the game you’re going to see a lot of miserable players in that game.

  6. catchanotherpassadams says:
    September 1, 2021 at 12:06 pm
    Advantage Saints,GB has struggled in early season games in the Florida heat.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    The Packers have played two early season games in Florida in the past ten years, both wins. This past summer in Green Bay has been among the hottest and most humid on-record. The Jacksonville stadium is outdoors and has Bermuda grass turf. Advantage Packers.

  7. Awesome. A bunch of overweight people wearing cheese on their heads in my city. I’ll be at my favorite bar watching my jags take care of Houston and then catch up on Big Brother in the afternoon. Enjoy the heat clowns.

  8. What’s the big deal? They are professional athletes, it’s like southern teams can’t play in the north during December in the snow. We should be think about the people in New Orleans!

  9. I’ll reprogram the MapQuest nav system in the Winnebago tonight, plan for a little more beer and food and hit the road a day earlier. Let’s go Pack!

  10. Up until this past Monday it has been mid 80’s to 90 with dew points in the 60’s and 70’s for almost the entire month of August in Green Bay. At some points warmer than FL. Not a drastic difference.

  11. Get the IV’s ready for halftime. Players will be cramping up and gassed by the 4th quarter in that heat.

  12. Players are going to get tired then get sloppy. Fumbles and improper tackling from loss of concentration are bound to happen. The Saints may have a slight advantage heat-wise but not much. This one will not go down as a case study on perfect execution.

  13. If the Saints are smart, they’ll choose to wear their road whites in Jax.

    If they don’t, it’s a guaranteed loss.

  14. Off all the cities they could have chosen this was my last choice and the only one I wouldn’t adjust my plans to. It will be 90 degrees out and 95% humidity. No thanks.

  15. They couldn’t find another NFL stadium to play in instead of a hot humid place like Jacksonville?

  16. Doesn’t bode well for rogers and the pack. Might see J Love in the second half when NO is up by 31

  17. Plus, we all get to watch Joe Burrow throw dimes all over that horrendous Vikings defense during the noon game!

  18. I love all the people talking about a Saints advantage because of the heat. They’re forgetting the fact it will be Aaron Rodgers vs. Jameis Winston. Jameis. Winston.

  19. Better keep checking the weather — we’re in hurricane season and Florida is in the cross-hairs.

  20. Hopefully Saints season ticket holders were fully reimbursed for this game they didn’t get to attend.

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