Just how big is the NFL?
Monday’s release of the preseason schedule was big news. Oddly, the announcement of the games in April will be about as big of a deal as the actual games in August.
The Green Bay Packers begin and end the preseason slate with home games. They will kick off the schedule by hosting the Philadelphia Eagles sometime in the window of Aug. 10 through Aug. 13. After road games against the Washington Redskins and Denver Broncos, the Packers will conclude the preseason on Thursday, Aug. 31, against the Los Angeles Rams.
All games will air on the Packers Television Network. The Packers had a nationally televised game in 22 of the previous 24 preseasons, making this an unusual preseason from a broadcast perspective. It’s perhaps worth noting none of the four opponents this preseason qualified for the playoffs last year.
Also of note, the Packers had closed 14 of the past 15 preseasons with games against the Titans or Chiefs. This year, they’ll close against the Rams. The only other time these teams met in the preseason was 1994 in Madison.
|at Washington||Aug. 17-21||TBA||Packers|
|at Denver||Aug. 24-27||TBA||Packers|
|L.A. Rams||Aug. 31||TBA||Packers|
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