Green Bay Packers Will Open Season as Road Warriors

The Packers open at Jacksonville and Minnesota and host Detroit in Week 3 before an early bye week.

WEEKDATEOPPONENTKICKOFF TV
1 Sunday, September 11 at Jacksonville Jaguars noon FOX
2 Sunday, September 18 at Minnesota Vikings 7:30 p.m. NBC
3 Sunday, September 25 Detroit Lions noon FOX
4 BYE
5 Sunday, October 9 New York Giants (Gold) *7:30 p.m. NBC
6 Sunday, October 16 Dallas Cowboys *3:25 p.m. FOX
7 Thursday, October 20 Chicago Bears 7:25 p.m. CBS/NFLN
8 Sunday, October 30 at Atlanta Falcons *noon FOX
9 Sunday, November 6 Indianapolis Colts (Gold) *3:25 p.m. CBS
10 Sunday, November 13 at Tennessee Titans *noon FOX
11 Sunday, November 20 at Washington Redskins *7:30 p.m. NBC
12 Monday, November 28 at Philadelphia Eagles 7:30 p.m. ESPN
13 Sunday, December 4 Houston Texans *noon CBS
14 Sunday, December 11 Seattle Seahawks *3:25 p.m. FOX
15 Sunday, December 18 at Chicago Bears *noon FOX
16 Saturday, December 24 Minnesota Vikings noon FOX
17 Sunday, January 1 at Detroit Lions *noon FOX

— All kickoffs are Central
— Games with asterisk are subject to NFL's flexible scheduling

THE BREAKDOWN

The Green Bay Packers will open the 2016 season with back-to-back road games against Jacksonville and Minnesota, have a Week 4 bye and have both a three-game home stand and three-game road trip. Those quirks highlight Thursday’s unveiling of the NFL schedule.

Remarkably, the Packers haven’t started the season with consecutive road games since 1924 — the team’s third year in the NFL. Under coach Mike McCarthy, the Packers started the season with back-to-back home games three times.

Generally, a Week 4 bye might be deemed too early. But with five preseason games and an extra week of training camp, the early respite might be appreciated. The Packers had a Week 4 bye in 2013. They emerged from that break by winning their next four games, a streak snapped when Aaron Rodgers sustained a broken collarbone.

FOR OUR MEMBERS: In-depth looks at all 16 games

The Packers play five prime-time games: at Minnesota in Week 2 to open the Vikings’ new stadium, at home against former assistant Ben McAdoo’s New York Giants in Week 5, at home against Chicago in Week 7 and back-to-back at Washington in Week 11 and at Philadelphia in Week 12. The game against Chicago will be on Thursday night and the game at Philadelphia will be on a Monday night.

Also, the Packers host Minnesota on Saturday — Christmas Eve — in Week 16.

Green Bay hosts the Giants in Week 5, Cowboys in Week 6 and Bears in Week 7. The Packers haven’t played home games in three consecutive weeks since 2002, when they swept Washington, Miami and Detroit. Including the Week 3 game vs. Detroit, the Packers play four consecutive games at home. They haven't had four straight at home since doing so from 1959 through 1963.

After a game at Atlanta in Week 8 and a home game against Indianapolis in Week 9, the Packers will leave Lambeau Field for games against Tennessee in Week 10, Washington in Week 11 and Philadelphia in Week 12. It will be Green Bay’s first three-game road trip since 2012, when it lost at Indianapolis but beat Houston and St. Louis.

The Packers close the season with three of their final five at Lambeau Field — at home against Houston and Seattle, at Chicago, home against Minnesota and at Detroit. The Packers haven’t concluded the season with three consecutive divisional matchups since 2006.

Also, Green Bay’s preseason schedule is complete:
Sunday, Aug. 7 — vs. Indianapolis Colts, 7 p.m. (ESPN) (Hall of Fame Game)
Friday, Aug. 12 — vs. Cleveland (Gold), 7 p.m. (Packers TV)
Thursday, Aug. 18 — vs. Oakland, 7 p.m. (Packers TV)
Friday, Aug. 26 — at San Francisco 49ers, 8:30 p.m. (Packers TV)
Thursday, Sept. 1 — at Kansas City Chiefs, 7 p.m. (Packers TV)


Packer Report Top Stories