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Green Bay's two preseason home games will be against the Cleveland Browns and Kansas City Chiefs The regular-season schedule will be announced later this month, the league said.

The Green Bay Packers will kick off their preseason in a nationally televised game at San Diego on Aug. 9.

The Packers' preseason home games will be against Cleveland and Kansas City.

Here's the four-game schedule. Dates and times for the final three preseason games will be announced at a later date.

Game 1: at San Diego, Thursday, Aug. 9, 7 p.m. (Central), ESPN

This is the first preseason trip to Qualcomm Stadium since 2006 and fourth all-time preseason meeting, including the 1980 Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio. The Packers hosted the Chargers at Lambeau Field in 2005. Over the past 20 preseasons, the Packers have appeared on national TV at least once in 19 of those years.

Game 2: vs. Cleveland, Aug. 16-19 (Gold package; Midwest Shrine Game)

This will be the fourth consecutive preseason matchup between the Packers and Browns. This will be the third trip to Lambeau Field for the Browns in the last four years after playing in Cleveland last season. The game is designated as the 63rd annual Upper Midwest Shrine Game, a tradition that began in 1950 and has raised more than $3.4 million for the Midwest Shrine's burn centers and hospitals for crippled children. The Packers have won 10 of the last 13 contests in the Shrine series.

Game 3: at Cincinnati, Aug. 23-26

 The Bengals are the lone 2011 playoff qualifier on the preseason schedule. This marks the 17th preseason meeting between the Packers and Bengals and first at Paul Brown Stadium since 2006.

Game 4: vs. Kansas City, Aug. 30-31 (Bishop's Charities Game)

The preseason concludes with a home contest against the Chiefs, the third straight year the teams have met in the preseason finale and second consecutive year at Lambeau Field. This game marks the 52nd 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 $3.5 million. 

The Cleveland, Cincinnati and Kansas City games will be aired on Green Bay's WGBA-TV (Channel 26), in conjunction with Milwaukee's WTMJ-TV (Channel 4), over a nine-station network throughout the state of Wisconsin, Northeastern Minnesota and the Quad Cities in Iowa. 

In addition to WGBA-TV and WTMJ-TV, the games are televised over WKOW/ABC, Madison, Wis.; WAOW/ABC, Wausau/Rhinelander, Wis.; WXOW/ABC, La Crosse, Wis.; WQOW/ABC, Eau Claire, Wis.; WYOW/ABC, Eagle River, Wis.; KQDS-TV/FOX, Duluth, Minn.; and KGCW/CW, Quad Cities in Iowa.

The preseason broadcast team includes Kevin Harlan (play-by-play) and Rich Gannon (analyst).

The league is expected to release the regular-season schedule later this month.


Nationally televised preseason games

Hall of Fame Game

Sunday, August 5 (Canton, Ohio): Arizona vs. New Orleans, NFLN (7 p.m.)

Preseason Week 1 (August 9-13)

Thursday, August 9: Green Bay at San Diego, ESPN (7 p.m.)

Monday, August 13: Dallas at Oakland, ESPN (7 p.m.)

Preseason Week 2 (August 16-20)

Thursday, August 16, Cincinnati at Atlanta, FOX (7 p.m.)

Friday, August 17, Detroit at Baltimore, FOX (7 p.m.)

Sunday, August 19, Indianapolis at Pittsburgh, NBC (7 p.m.)

Monday, August 20, Philadelphia at New England, ESPN (7 p.m.)

Preseason Week 3 (August 23-26)

Thursday, August 23, Arizona at Tennessee, ESPN (7 p.m.)

Friday, August 24, Chicago at NY Giants, CBS (7 p.m.)

Saturday, August 25, Houston at New Orleans, CBS (7 p.m.)

Sunday, August 26, San Francisco at Denver, FOX (3 p.m.)

Sunday, August 26, Carolina at NY Jets, NBC (7 p.m.)


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