Judd Zulgad of the MINNEAPOLIS STAR-TRIBUNE reports today that “The NFL will announce this afternoon that the Vikings will play the Green Bay Packers in the Monday night opener at 6 p.m. Sept. 8 on ESPN, according to an industry source.”
We think this is a great idea, since it’ll be a wonderful showcase for Brett Favre after he decides to come back at the last second. Man, that should be fun!
We’re serious about the Favre comeback thing. We’ve seen too many tearful retirement press conferences over the years, only to watch the same athlete back in pads shortly thereafter. You would think that would’ve prevented the unrelenting outpouring of Green Bay grief when Favre *retired* recently.
FYI: We also know that the Super Bowl champion New York Giants and Washington Redskins will open the season on Sept. 4 in New York. The game will be played early (6p ET kick) to avoid conflict with the GOP convention.
*UPDATE*: NBC’s Sunday Night Football schedule will start off on Sept. 7 with the Indianapolis Colts christening their new Lucas Oil Stadium with a tilt against the Chicago Bears.