Green Bay, WI (Northland's NewsCenter) --- The defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers will kick off the 2011 NFL season Thursday night against the New Orleans Saints.
The Saints, of course, are NFL champions from two years ago.
The two teams will meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Lambeau Field, with the game being carried live in the Northland on KBJR6 and Range11.
The Packers say nerves will not get in the way of what needs to be done to win the football game.
"I've kind of grown past the nervous stage," Green Bay head coach Mike McCarthy said. "I do get excited. I think any time you walk on onto Lambeau Field and you don't have a unique energy in your stomach, it's time for you to go home."
"I stopped getting nervous when I got drafted," Packers wide receiver Donald Driver said. "That was the last time I got nervous. It's going to be a great atmosphere, a great opportunity for us. The biggest thing is we've got to go out and play our style of football."
"Consistency and coaching, as far as the offense being in the same system for a while and the defense going into our third year," Green Bay cornerback Charles Woodson said, " and having a consistent quarterback are areas that help us out over some other teams."
Posted by Zach Schneider