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Posted on: March 27, 2008 1:16 pm
March 27, 2008 -- For their first game as defending Super Bowl champions, the Giants, as expected, will kick off the NFL season in the honorary Thursday night slot.

Their opponent next Sept. 4 at Giants Stadium will be the Redskins, with Jim Zorn making his NFL head-coaching debut.

That prime-time opener is always slated for 8:30 p.m. but will likely be moved up to 7 p.m. to avoid the telecast running head-on with the concluding night of the Republican National Convention, featuring Sen. John McCain's acceptance speech.

The NFL, according to league spokesman Greg Aiello, is talking with NBC about moving the game's starting time up 90 minutes. A 7 p.m. starting time likely would increase what already figures to be traffic and parking congestion around the Meadowlands area.

The entire Kickoff Weekend slate of national TV games will be announced Monday during league meetings in Palm Beach, Fla.

Category: NFL
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