GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - The Green Bay Packers 2019 game schedule is out. Green Bay is scheduled to play 5 games in prime time despite missing the playoffs the last 2 seasons.
The games are listed below, following a breakdown of the highlights and pitfalls that could await this fall.
Week 1 - Thurs. Sept. 5 @ Chicago 7:20 p.m.
Week 2 - Sun. Sept. 15 vs. Minnesota 12 p.m.
Week 3 - Sun. Sept. 22 vs. Denver 12 p.m.
Week 4 - Thurs. Sept. 26 vs. Philadelphia 7:20 p.m.
Week 5 - Sun. Oct. 6 @ Dallas 3:25 p.m.
Week 6 - Sun. Oct. 14 vs. Detroit 7:15 p.m.
Week 7 - Sun. Oct. 20 vs. Oakland 12 p.m.
Week 8 - Sun. Oct. 27 @ Kansas City 7:20 p.m.
Week 9 - Sun. Nov. 3 @ LA Chargers 3:25 p.m.
Week 10 - Sun. Nov. 10 vs. Carolina 12 p.m.
Week 11 - BYE
Week 12 - Sun. Nov. 24 @ San Francisco 3:35 p.m.
Week 13 - Sun. Dec. 1 @ NY Giants 12 p.m.
Week 14 - Sun. Dec. 8 vs. Washington 12 p.m.
Week 15 - Sun. Dec. 15 vs. Chicago 12 p.m.
Week 16 - Mon. Dec. 23 @ Minnesota 7:15 p.m.
Week 17 - Sun. Dec. 29 @ Detroit 12 p.m.
This year’s Packers schedule is a little bit of de ja vu to 2018, revisiting an easy-on-paper early stretch, followed by a brutal mid-season month and a take-it-or leave it home stretch.
After the Thursday night opener in Chicago, new coach Matt LaFleur does get the benefit of 3 straight home games, but where last year it was a similar 3 of 4 at home to start the season, this opening foray extends to an amazing 5 of the first 7 at Lambeau Field.
Last year the Packers traveled 13,730 miles in just under 3 weeks to L.A., to New England, home quickly before at Seattle on a Thursday.
This year the timing is less condensed, but no less brutal as they play 4 of 5 on the road. Between when they lift off For Kansas City October 26th, and return home from New York December 1st, Green Bay’s players will have to endure 16,180 miles of travel. Yes, the bye week is mingled in the middle. But players often travel to far-flung hometowns or vacations for their bye week getaways, adding to the jet lag this fall.
The final month provides a take it or leave it stretch. 2 of 4 at home in the final quarter, but the final 2 on the road, and the division games in December, are both on the road, with a season ending at Detroit for the 3rd time in 4 seasons.
That stretch we mentioned, with 4 of 5 on the road, accounts for 79 percent the the team’s entire travel all year! It would have been more manageable to mix a short division road trip in that brutal bunch, but instead the 4 of 5 on the road features 4 of the 5 longest trips on the entire 2019 schedule.