GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - As the Packers schedule is unveiled, here's a week-by-week look at Green Bay's schedule.
WEEK 1 Packers vs. Seahawks (Sun 9/10, 3:25 pm) – The season opener pits perennial NFC powers. When these 2 teams met in the 2014 opener, it proved to be a preview of that year’s NFC Championship Game. Eddie Lacy’s return to Lambeau Field will draw a lot of excitement. The home team has won the last 12 meetings in this series.
WEEK 2 Packers at Falcons (Sun. 9/17, SNF) – Green Bay returns to Atlanta to face a rematch of last season’s NFC Championship Game. This game will be played in the Falcons brand-new Mercedes Benz Stadium. The NFC’s 2 winningest teams since 2008 meet in a game that should have playoff seeding implications down the line.
WEEK 3 Packers vs. Bengals (Sun. 9/24, 3:25 pm) – Cincinnati has made the playoffs in 5 of Andy Dalton’s 6 NFL season, but last year the Bengals missed out after a 6-9-1 record. Dalton makes his first trip to Lambeau Field.
WEEK 4 Packers vs. Bears (Thurs. 9/28 – TNF)– For the 7th straight season, these 2 teams play in prime time at Lambeau Field. The oldest rivalry in the NFL sees the series tied at 94-94-6. Green Bay is looking for the leg up in this match-up.
WEEK 5 Packers at Cowboys (Sun. 10/8, 3:25 pm)– The Packers return to the scene of last season’s Divisional Playoff win. The 2 teams are meeting for the 5th time in the last 5 season, with Green Bay going 3-1 in the previous 4 match-ups. Green Bay has never lost at AT&T (3-0 with SB45 win, 2013 win, 2016 playoff win).
WEEK 6 Packers at Vikings (Sun. 10/15, noon) – Green Bay makes its 2nd trip to U.S. Bank Stadium, in search of its first win the Vikings new home. Super Bowl LII will be played there in February. The Packers hope it is the first of 2 trips to Minneapolis this season.
WEEK 7 Packers vs. Saints (Sun. 10/22, noon) – In the 4 meetings between Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees, the home team has won every meeting and the 2 squads have combined to score of 66 points per game. Expect offense.
WEEK 8 – BYE
WEEK 9 Packers vs. Lions (Mon. 11-6, MNF) – After 2015’s disappointing home loss to Detroit, Green Bay looks to make it 2 in a row to build a new streak to rival the 21 straight home wins against the Lions from 1992-2014. This will mark the first time Green Bay faced off against long-time Packers offensive lineman T. J. Lang.
WEEK 10 Packers at Bears (Sun. 11-12, noon) – The Packers have won their last 7 games at Soldier Field, many in dramatic fashion, and many with huge implications. The notables? 2010 NFC Championship, 2012 NFC North clincher, 2013 NFC North title game, 2014 R-E-L-A-X game, 2015 season opener, 2016 Jordy Nelson bomb and last-second FG.
WEEK 11 Packers vs. Ravens (Sun. 11-19, noon) – The Ravens make their first trip to Lambeau Field in 8 years.
WEEK 12 Packers at Steelers (Sun. 11/26, SNF) – The last time Green Bay traveled to Pittsburgh, Jordy Nelson was lost for the 2015 season in a meaningless preseason exhibition. The last regular season game for Green Bay in Pittsburgh was decided by a final-minute score by Mike Wallace in 2009.
WEEK 13 Packers vs. Buccaneers (Sun. 12/3, noon) – Green Bay gets its first taste of Jameis Winston. Tampa’s 3rd-year quarterback nearly led the Bucs to the playoffs last season.
WEEK 14 Packers at Browns (Sun. 12/10, noon) – The only noteworthy storyline here is that Green Bay gets to see former teammate J.C. Tretter in the Packers’ first visit to Cleveland since 2009.
WEEK 15 Packers at Panthers (Sun. 12-17, noon) – Cam Newton and Carolina will look to bounce back after last year’s 6-10 record that saw the Panthers finish last place in the NFC South. Aaron Rodgers goes against former teammates Julius Peppers, who rejoined the team that drafted him.
WEEK 16 Packers vs. Vikings (Sat. 12/23, 7:30pm) – Minnesota’s trip to Green Bay comes 2 days before Christmas, a nice gift to play a division rival amidst the winter elements at Lambeau Field.
WEEK 17 Packers at Lions (Sun. 12/31, noon) – Last year this match-up was the biggest game ever played by Detroit at Ford Field. The NFC North title game had a playoff atmosphere in a building that has seen the Lions host precisely 0 playoff games. Could this game be flexed again?