Preseason: Cards, Chiefs at Home

Green Bay will host Arizona and Kansas City and face Peyton Manning and the Colts on national TV. The exhibition schedule kicks off at Cleveland.

The Green Bay Packers will host the Arizona Cardinals and Kansas City Chiefs in the preseason — assuming there is a preseason with the lockout.

Other than a nationally televised game at Indianapolis on Aug. 26, specific dates and times have not been.

Aug. 11-15: at Cleveland, time TBA.

Aug. 18-22: Arizona (Gold package; Midwest Shrine Game), time TBA.

Aug. 26: at Indianapolis, 7 p.m. (CBS).

Sept. 1-2: Kansas City (Bishop's Charities Game), time TBA.

The Cleveland, Arizona and Kansas City games will be broadcast on the Packers' 10-channel network of regional affiliates. As in the past few seasons, CBS's Kevin Harlan will handle the play-by-play duties and former NFL MVP quarterback Rich Gannon, a close friend of Packers coach Mike McCarthy, will provide the analysis.

Some notes about the games:

— The Packers open the preseason against the Browns for the third straight year, this time at Cleveland Browns Stadium. The Packers beat Cleveland 17-0 at Lambeau Field in 2009 but lost 27-24 at Lambeau last year. This will be Green Bay's first preseason trip to Cleveland since 2003.

— This will be the Cardinals' first preseason visit to Lambeau Field since 1978, when the team was based in St. Louis. The Packers won that game 23-17. This will be the 62nd annual Upper Midwest Shrine Game, which has raised more than $3.1 million for the Midwest Shrine's burn centers and hospitals for crippled children. The Packers have won nine of the last 12 in the Shrine series.

 — The Indianapolis game will mark the Packers' first trek to Lucas Oil Stadium and their first preseason game in Indy since 1996. The Packers routed the Colts 59-24 in the third game of last year's preseason, rallying from a 17-7 deficit.

— For the second consecutive year, these teams will wrap up the preseason. With the Packers' key players barely playing or not playing at all, they lost 17-13 at Kansas City last year. This will be the 51st annual Bishop's Charities Game, a charitable contest initiated in 1961 by Vince Lombardi and the Diocese of Green Bay that has raised more than $3.4 million. 


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