(The Spread) – Instead of going head-to-head with the President of the United States, Barack Obama, the NFL has decided to adjust its 2012 season kickoff.
Opting to play a game on a Wednesday for the first time in more than 60 years, the NFL will open the regular season on Sept. 5, to avoid conflicting with Obama's speech at the Democratic National Convention the next night.
The Super Bowl champion New York Giants will host the Wednesday night season-opener starting at 8:30 p.m. EST; their opponent hasn't been announced yet.
According to the league, it hasn't played a game on a Wednesday since Sept. 22, 1948, when the Rams faced the Lions.
The NFL regular season has started on a Thursday since 2002.
Oddsmakers currently list the Packers as 5/1 favorites to win the 2013 Super Bowl, while the Saints have the next best odds at 6/1. The Patriots are the AFC team with the best odds to win next year’s NFL title at 7/1, while the Texans are listed right behind New England at 10/1. (The Ravens are also 12/1.)Want More From TheSpread.com? Follow us on Twitter and Facebook or Subscribe to Our News Feeds!