(Eds: Also moved in advance. With AP Photos.) By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer Lockout.There, we said it. Now forget that word for about a decade.Well, not quite. While the NFL and its players spent the offseason ensuring labor peace at the cost of just one exhibition game, the work stoppage could have a profound effect on the upcoming season, which kicks off Thursday when the last two Super Bowl champions, New Orleans and Green Bay, meet at Lambeau Field.Both teams emerged from the lockout without much damage, putting them among the early favorites to represent the NFC in the title game. The Saints are a veteran squad bolstered by free agency and the strong leadership of quarterback Drew Brees. No team had better attended offseason workouts while the league and players association were negotiating through July.”We got a lot of young guys ahead of the curve during that process so that walking into camp, it’s not that big of a shock to them when they get the playbook and it’s that thick and they haven’t had a chance to really look at it,” Brees said.”I feel like we’ve been together because, in reality, we were together,”Green Bay gets… Read full this story
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