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NFL season will open on Wednesday to avoid conflict with President Obama at Democratic Convention

Eli Manning and the New York Giants will host the season opener on Wednesday, Sept. 5. (TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP / Getty Images)

The New York Giants will host a team still to be determined on Sept. 5, the league announced today.

The Wednesday opener is a real oddity. In the season opener on Sept. 22, 1948, the Rams beat the Lions 44-7, according to Jon Zimmer and Brian McCarthy of the NFL.

The tradition of a Thursday night opener began in 2002, Zimmer reminds us, with a game between the Giants and 49ers.

The NFL schedule is expected to be announced in April.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.


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