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.