NFL legend Jimmy Johnson previews FOX's NFL Week 1 schedule

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FOX NFL analyst Jimmy Johnson previews the full NFL regular season schedule release, set to air Wednesday night at 8:00 p.m. ET on FS1.

The New Orleans Saints and the Green Bay Packers will be the game of the week on FOX when the NFL season opens this fall.

Jimmy Johnson, a Super Bowl champion head coach and co-host of "FOX NFL Sunday," revealed the Week 1 slate of games on "Fox & Friends" on Wednesday.

"New Orleans, Taysom Hill, a new quarterback but they got an outstanding football team."

Johnson added that Rodgers and the Packers "need to work out their differences."

"They can sit down like grown men and say, ‘Hey, what are our problems and what are our differences?’" Johnson added. "I hope they do."

The Philadelphia Eagles will take on the Atlanta Falcons, the Seattle Seahawks will play the Indianapolis Colts, the Detroit Lions will play the San Francisco 49ers and the Minnesota Vikings will play the Cincinnati Bengals at 1 p.m. ET.

The Denver Broncos will take on the New York Giants at 4:05 p.m. ET and the nationally televised game between the Saints and Packers will kick off at 4:25 p.m. ET.

Johnson said he thinks the Giants could be a playoff team despite going 6-10 last season.

The first week of the NFL season is set for Sept. 12. It will be the start of an 18-week season with each team playing 17 games for the first time in league history.

The full NFL schedule release will be aired at 8 p.m. ET on the NFL Network and FS1.

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Saints: 5 most difficult matchups on 2021 schedule

Who Dat Dish 12 May, 2021 - 10:00am

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - DECEMBER 25: Alvin Kamara #41 of the New Orleans Saints, center, celebrates with teammates during the fourth quarter after scoring a fifth touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on December 25, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Running back Alvin Kamara #41 of the New Orleans Saints against the Seattle Seahawks (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

The Saints don’t have an intimidating schedule in 2021 but there are some opponents that could give this team troubles during the season. Still, for a team with a first-place schedule, this is an ideal situation for New Orleans. They have a favorable schedule and should still make some noise in the league despite their quarterback of the past 15 years retiring.

Even with the more lax schedule, there are plenty of tough opponents who will face the Saints in their first year without Drew Brees at the helm. Let’s take a look at the five most difficult matchups for New Orleans this season.

The Seahawks have been a nice model of consistency since Russell Wilson became their starting quarterback. Since then, they’ve missed the playoffs just once and are always a competitive team. The Saints and Seahawks are 8-8 in their all-time series with the Saints winning the last two games (each by a touchdown or less).

This game is taking place in Seattle at CenturyLink Field, which is one of the loudest outdoor stadiums in sports. If fans are allowed back into the stands this year, the Saints are going to have to deal with trying to navigate through the crowd noise and that’s going to make things a lot more difficult for them during the game.

While the Seahawks aren’t on the same level as they were when they had the Legion of Boom, Wilson is one of the best quarterbacks in the league and that’s why they deserve to be on the list of most difficult matchups for the Saints in 2021.

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Opening odds for Week 1 of the 2021 NFL season

DraftKings Nation 12 May, 2021 - 09:35am

The NFL has released its Week 1 schedule. We’ve got a look at opening odds at DraftKings Sportsbook for the first week of the 2021 regular season.

The Week 1 schedule drop also means that we get odds for Week 1 sooner than Wednesday night! DraftKings Sportsbook posted point spreads for the Week 1 slate, which means you can start preparing your picks against the spread for opening week. Plenty is going to change, so these numbers will also move. There is some value to be had on the lines at this point, but injuries, depth chart changes, and just who will turn out to be better or worse than expected makes mid-May picks a bit difficult.

Below is a full list of lines with one notable absence. The Packers face the Saints in New Orleans to open the season, but we do not have a line yet. The Aaron Rodgers saga is not going away until at least June 1, and potentially even later than that. As such, DK has not posted a line for the game.

Dallas Cowboys at Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Bucs -6.5

Baltimore Ravens at Las Vegas Raiders: Ravens -5.5

Packers at Saints to Kick Off 2021 NFL Season

Sports Illustrated 12 May, 2021 - 08:00am

Six times from 2005 through 2020, it was Rodgers vs. Brees in a clash of quarterbacking titans and perennial championship contenders. That includes last season, when Rodgers led the Packers to a 37-30 victory at the Superdome. The teams will meet again in the Big Easy to kick off their 2021 seasons. With Brees having retired at the end of last season and the Packers trying to salvage a relationship that has soured with Rodgers, it’s anyone’s guess who will take the first snap when the game starts at 3:25 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 12, on FOX.

Will it be Rodgers vs. former teammate Taysom Hill? Rodgers vs. former No. 1 overall pick Jameis Winston? Or will it be Jordan Love (or Drew Lock, the betting favorite if it's not Rodgers) behind center for Green Bay?

Rodgers has been Green Bay’s starter for every opener since 2008. Brees had been New Orleans’ starter for every opener since 2006.

The Packers have won six consecutive opening games. For the third consecutive year, they’ll open on the road.

The Saints have won two straight openers since losing five in a row.

In 2011, Green Bay beat New Orleans 42-34 in the opener at Lambeau Field. Rodgers threw for 312 yards and three touchdowns; Brees threw for 419 yards and three touchdowns. In his NFL debut, Randall Cobb caught a 32-yard touchdown pass and returned a kickoff 108 yards for another score.

The 2021 NFL season will kick off with the Mike McCarthy-led Dallas Cowboys at the defending champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday night, Sept. 9. Here is the full Week 1 schedule.

The full schedule will be released at 7 tonight.

In 2020, Green Bay played six games against teams that reached the playoffs. With the addition of a 17th game at Kansas City, the Packers will play 10 such games.

Home: Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, Washington Football Team, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers. The Seahawks (12-4), Steelers (12-4), Browns (11-5), Rams (10-6), Bears (8-8) and Washington (7-9) made the playoffs.

Away: Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints, Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals and Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs (14-2), Saints (12-4), Ravens (11-5) and Bears (8-8) made the playoffs.

Free Agents Packers Should Pursue After 2021 NFL Draft

Bleacher Report 12 May, 2021 - 08:00am

One of the Green Bay Packers' top weaknesses in 2021 could be their offensive line.

The Packers are relying on a handful of young offensive linemen to replace Corey Linsley at center, and they need to be patient with David Bakhtiari’s recovery from the season-ending knee injury he suffered at the end of 2020.

Green Bay tried to address its offensive line needs by adding Ohio State's Josh Myers in the second round of the 2021 NFL draft. Myers could help reinforce the interior at guard or center, but the team could still be vulnerable at offensive tackle.

If the Packers want more security for Aaron Rodgers, they could approach the free-agent market, where there are a few notable names still available.

It would also help Green Bay if it looked at the defensive line, which it did not address until the fifth round of the draft.

As always, there will be discussion about surrounding Rodgers with more weapons, but it may be hard to find some quality at running back or wide receiver on the free-agent market.

Green Bay could take a swing at an offensive tackle it is more than familiar with.

Charles Leno Jr. was recently let go by the Chicago Bears, and if he landed in Green Bay, he would provide some needed security while Bakhtiari gets back to full strength.

Even if Bakhtiari is completely healed by Week 1, it may take him some time to get back to game speed, and that may hamper the protection for Rodgers.

With Leno, Green Bay has to measure how much it wants to pay the seven-year pro. He earned $8.9 million in 2020, per Over the Cap. The Packers have $2.6 million in available cap space.

Green Bay could attempt to work out a one-year deal with Leno. That would allow the Packers to have more experience on the outside while they develop Jon Runyan Jr. and Elgton Jenkins on the interior.

If the Packers have confidence in Bakhtiari’s recovery process, they could look elsewhere on the free-agent market, but it would be wise to at least reach out to Leno to see if a cap-friendly deal could be maneuvered.

The Packers could take another swing at the fences with Geno Atkins if they attempt to bolster their defensive line.

In 2020, Green Bay only had one player record more than five sacks, and Kenny Clark was the lone defensive tackle to earn multiple takedowns.

Outside of Clark, the Packers do not have much quality on the interior pass-rush, which may lead them to the free-agent list.

In four of the last six seasons, Atkins recorded nine or more sacks. He did not have any in eight appearances for the Cincinnati Bengals in 2020.

Similar to Leno, the Packers would have to do some salary-cap gymnastics to add a player of Atkins' caliber. He made $11 million last season.

But if the Packers feel like they need more help to chase down the best quarterbacks in the NFC, Atkins could be worth a long look.

Green Bay needs a pass-catching running back to take some pressure off Aaron Jones and replace what Jamaal Williams brought to the team in 2020.

Williams, who departed for the Detroit Lions in free agency, had 31 receptions on 35 targets in his last year in green and gold.

Jones brought in 47 catches on 63 targets, but the Packers need to decrease a bit of his workload in the passing game to ensure he can be most effective in the ground game.

If A.J. Dillon's pass-catching skills are not up to par, the Packers could look to Dion Lewis, who has 191 career receptions.

Lewis is only a few years removed from his career high of 59 receptions that he earned with the Tennessee Titans in 2018. He featured in a pass-catching role with Derrick Henry as the main ball carrier in that offense.

Lewis could function in the same role alongside Jones and be a third-down pass-catching back who can spell him and make up for Williams' contributions.

Saints to open 2021 NFL season at home against Packers

WDSU New Orleans 12 May, 2021 - 06:35am

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The New Orleans Saints will host the Green Bay Packers at home in the Dome in Week 1 of the 2021 NFL season, according to The Athletic.

Both NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell say they expect a full stadium of fans due to vaccination rates improving.

The game will be the season opener on Sunday, Sept. 12, at 3:25 p.m.

New Orleans is coming off a 12-4 season in 2020 in their fourth-straight NFC South championship.

The 2021 season will be the first without legendary quarterback Drew Brees, who retired from the NFL in March.

The Packers game is the only game known right now, but a list of the Saints opponents will be:

The full 2021 NFL schedule will officially be released at 7 p.m. this evening.

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Packers will open 2021 season on the road against New Orleans Saints

Packers Wire 12 May, 2021 - 01:24am

The #Saints will play host to the #Packers in Week 1 of the 2021 season on Sunday, Sept. 12. It will be FOX's America's Game of the Week, a 3:25 p.m. CT kickoff. Official announcement to come on @foxandfriends.

— Jeff Duncan (@JeffDuncan_) May 12, 2021

The Green Bay Packers will be on the road to start the 2021 NFL season.

According to Jeff Duncan of The Athletic, the Packers will play the Saints in New Orleans for Week 1 of the 2021 season. The Sept. 12 game will be an afternoon kickoff and FOX’s America’s Game of the Week.

The full NFL schedule will be released later Wednesday.

The Packers beat the Saints on the road in Week 3 last season, using 24 second-half points to escape the Superdome with a 37-30 victory.

This will be the first time the Packers and Saints have played in back-to-back seasons since 2011-12.

The Packers (13-3) and Saints (12-4) combined for 25 regular-season wins last season, but both have question marks at quarterback. Drew Brees retired from the NFL this offseason, while Aaron Rodgers still has a few months to decide whether he wants to return to Green Bay or consider other options.

It’s possible the Week 1 showdown will be both the first for the Saints post-Brees and the first for the Packers post-Rodgers.

The Packers have won three of the last five meetings with the Saints.

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