President Barack Obama‘s Thursday night speech means that NFL Network is the place to catch the entire star-studded kickoff show that precedes the Saints-Packers game in its entirety. Before you tune in to NFL Network at 4 p.m. ET, read all about tonight’s game (and this weekend’s games) at NFL.com’s exclusive Game Center.
Here’s what else is on tap for Thursday:
- The first game of the 2011 NFL season is a heavyweight bout between the last two Super Bowl winners. Watch NFL Network’s Playbook to get yourself properly hyped up.
- A poor practice apparently contributed to the stunning decision to cut former Jaguars quarterback David Garrard, who said Wednesday, “I have no one to blame but myself,” as he waited for an offer from another team.
- Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay shot down a radio report that quarterback Peyton Manning had a second procedure performed on his neck, while everyone from Peyton’s brother Eli to his coach Jim Caldwell to the Colts’ Week 1 opponent reacted to the news that the NFL’s Iron Man would be on the sidelines Sunday.
- For 10 years, Heath Evans made an impact on NFL defenses as a bruising fullback, and now he’s making a similar impact as an analyst in the NFL Network studio.
- Steve Wyche says the Packers might have an edge over past Super Bowl champions in their quest to repeat, and he’s got the research to prove it.
- Who will win this season’s Super Bowl? NFL Network analysts Michael Irvin, Warren Sapp, Kurt Warner and others give their predictions.
- Catch up with your favorite team with our comprehensive season previews of all 32 squads.
- It’s time to set your fantasy team for Week 1! In his first Start ‘Em & Sit ‘Em of 2011, Michael Fabiano explains who should be in your lineup.
- And time is running out to play Fantasy Football for free on NFL.com. Sign up today or miss out.
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