NFL will open 2012 regular season on a Wednesday night

No, the NFL isn’t looking to take over another prime-time evening with football.

Not yet, anyway.

But the league will kick off the season on a Wednesday night this season. The NFL announced the season will begin Wednesday, Feb. 5, so the league does not conflict with the speech by President Barack Obama on Thursday night from the Democratic National Convention. Obama is expected to deliver his speech at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.

So, the New York Giants, the Super Bowl XLVI champions, will begin their title defense on Sept. 5 at MetLife Stadium against a yet to be announced opponent. Speculation is the Giants could be hosting the Green Bay Packers, who are on their schedule. That would pit the previous two Super Bowl winners against one another.

The NFL kicked off the 2011 season with the Packers hosting the New Orleans Saints in a matchup of the two previous Super Bowl winners.

The regular-season schedule is typically released in April.

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