2012 NFL season-opener to be played Wednesday, September 5

By Kevin Kelley -

The NFL announced yesterday that the 2012 season-opening kickoff game will be played on Wednesday, September 5.

The match-up will feature the Super Bowl XLVI champion New York Giants against a team to be announced. New York will host the game at MetLife Stadium and it will be televised by NBC at 8:30 p.m. ET.

The game, which is usually played on a Thursday, was moved to “avoid a conflict with President Barack Obama’s Thursday night speech at the Democratic National Convention.”

The 2012 NFL schedules will be released in mid-April. The opponents for each team have already been released.

One 2012 NFL game is already set. The St. Louis Rams will take on the New England Patriots at Wembley Stadium in London on Sunday, October 28.

Comments (4)

Thursday Night Football a few weeks a season is one thing. Saturday football for the NFL is fine, but are we going to have football every night? What’s next, Tuesday and Friday? Expect a backlash from high schools if the NFL starts doing Friday games.

I understand the reason this time, but it sets up the precedent that games can be played on days other than Monday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday, creating a scheduling nightmare.

I think there is a law prohibiting NFL games on Fridays and Saturdays during the high school and college football seasons, respectively. That’s why the only Saturday NFL games are usually late in December.

Anytime anyday! I think it is a good move; now I don’t have to worry about the NFL opening game during NCAA football on thursday night.