Monday, March 24, 2014
No word on opener coming this week
By Rob Demovsky
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Green Bay Packers look like a viable option to open the NFL season against the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks, but no announcement will be made during this week's NFL annual meetings in Orlando, Fla.
An NFL spokesman said in email that no scheduling announcements involving the opening weekend, prime-time games will be made this week.
In some years, the NFL has revealed some of its Week 1 marquee games, including the annual Thursday opener for the Super Bowl champs, during the league meetings, which opened Monday at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes resort. But that won't happen this year, the league said.
The Seahawks, as the defending champs, are expected to open the season at home on Thursday, Sept. 4.
NFC North teams will play one game against an NFC West team based on where each team finished. The Packers play at Seattle this year because both teams won their respective divisions.
Seattle's other seven home opponents are the Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, St. Louis Rams, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders.
The Broncos would represent a Super Bowl XLVIII rematch, but does anyone really want to see a redo of a 43-8 game? The more viable option, if it's not the Packers, would be the 49ers -- a division rival who also was the Seahawks' NFC Championship game opponent.
However, the Packers might make even more sense given that it will be the first meeting between the two teams since the infamous "Fail Mary" game of 2012.
Either way, we will have to wait a little longer to find out. The regular-season schedule is expected to be released in mid-April, and it's unclear whether the league will make any announcement about the opener before the full schedule is revealed.