The Saints and Packers end an arduous, interminable offseason for the NFL, putting to rest the specters of their acrid labor unrest in the league's most time-honored shrine, Lambeau Field.
The two teams light up the spectacle of the NFL's return, featuring the past two Super Bowl champions in the league's annual Thursday night kickoff game, nationally televised on NBC. The game also features the past two Super Bowl MVPs, two of the top five passing offenses in 2010, and two of the top five passing defenses in 2010.
The two teams have coaching staffs featuring five current or former head coaches, in Sean Payton, former Saints OC and current Packers HC Mike McCarty, Gregg Williams (Bills), Joe Vitt (Rams), and Dom Capers (Panthers, Texans).
The Saints have defeated the Packers in the last two meetings between the two teams by a combined score of 85-56.
The Saints have announced that WR Lance Moore (groin) and PK Garrett Hartley (hip) are out for the game, while for the Packers, CB Davon House CB (ankle), LB Vic So'oto (back) and LB Frank Zombo (shoulder) are out.
The weather is expected to be beautiful clear night in the mid 60s.