Ed Driscoll

NFL SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED: The NFL

NFL SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED: The NFL announced the schedule for their 2002 season today, according to this Yahoo Sports article. The season will:

kick off with the New York Giants hosting the San Francisco Giants on Thursday, September 5, on ESPN. It will mark the first time that the league has opened a season on a Thursday.

The first full slate of games will be on Sunday, September 8, capped by the debut of the expansion Houston Texans, who will host the Dallas Cowboys in another prime-time game on ESPN.

The first Monday night game has the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots hosting the Pittsburgh Steelers in a rematch of the AFC championship game. The contest also will mark the Patriot’s first game in their new home, CMGI Filed.

The full schedule is available online here.

UPDATE: Peter King of Sports Illustrated lists his picks and pans of the upcoming season.