An early look to Week 1 of the 2011 season...We’ll be seeing the last 2 Super Bowl champions Thursday night at Lambeau Field as the Saints (opening on Thursday for the third time in 5 seasons) head to Lambeau Field. Of course, Sean Payton and company were in the same position that the Packers find themselves in tonight, and the odds are in Green Bay’s favor. Not only is the defending Super Bowl champion 30-13-1 in its first game the following season, it’s won that first game 11 straight years dating back to 2000. The last time the reigning champs dropped their first game of the season was ’99, when the suddenly John Elway-less Broncos fell to the Dolphins on a Monday night at Denver…<!--more-->Speaking of the Packers, they certainly have their work cut out for them against New Orleans, while the Steelers (who Green Bay defeated in Super Bowl XLV) travel to Baltimore for their season-opener. Only 4 times previously have the Super Bowl participants from the following season both lost their first games the next season, the last time in 1999 when the Broncos and Falcons (combatants in Super Bowl XXXIII) lost to Miami and Minnesota, respectively…The big news on Wednesday was the fact that the Colts finally made it official. For the first time in his NFL career, QB Peyton Manning will not start and give way to veteran QB Kerry Collins, who joined the team a few weeks ago. It’s safe to say that the well-traveled veteran signal-caller (drafted by Bill Polian in Carolina with the Panthers’ first-ever pick in 1995) will be involved in an offense much different than he’s seen the last few years. Collins, who started 32 games for the Titans over the previous 5 years watched teammate RB Chris Johnson rush for 4,598 yards over the last 3 seasons. Over that same span, the Colts as a team have totaled 4,051 yards on the ground…As usual, there are usual expectations with the Cowboys, who travel to New Jersey to face the Jets Sunday night in the battle of the Ryan brothers. And while Rex usually commands center stage, there will be a lot of people watching Rob, the new defensive coordinator in Dallas these days. All he needs to do is fix a unit that gave up 33 touchdown passes last season (tied for the most in the NFL). And after giving up the second-fewest points in the NFL in 2009 (250), the Pokes gave up the second-most (436) in ’10…