Saints to open 2011 vs. Packers - - Jackson, MS

Saints to open 2011 vs. Packers

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The New Orleans Saints have learned that if the 2011 regular season starts as scheduled, they'll open with a Thursday night road game against the defending champion Green Bay Packers.

The schedule, released by the NFL Tuesday evening, includes four prime time games in all for the Saints. 3 of them are at home - on Sunday, Oct. 23, against Indianapolis; Monday, Nov. 28, against the New York Giants; and Monday, Dec. 26, against Atlanta.

The Saints' home opener is slated for Sunday, Sept. 18, at noon against Chicago.

However, with NFL players currently locked out of team facilities during negotiations over a new collective bargaining agreement, there's no telling whether the schedule will hold.

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