Away games will bring the Packers to Atlanta, Carolina, Baltimore and again to Philadelphia, as well as the division road trips.
The league reformatted the schedule formula in 2002 at the same time as the division realignment. No longer heavily reliant on order of finish, the new formula guarantees that all teams play eachother on a regular, rotating basis, according to the NFL.
Here's how the 16-game schedule breaks down for each team:
*Home and away against its three division opponents (6 games). *The four teams from another division within its conference on a rotating three-year cycle (4 games). ·*The four teams from a division in the other conference on a rotating four-year cycle (4 games). ·*Two intraconference games based on the prior year's standings (2 games). These games match a first-place team against the first-place teams in the two same-conference divisions the team is not scheduled to play that season. The second-place, third-place, and fourth-place teams in a conference are matched in the same way each year.
Dates and times, will be announced in the spring. It has been announced that NFL Kickoff 2005 Weekend will begin on Thursday, Sept. 8, and the regular season will conclude on January 1.
Wild Card Weekend will be Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 7-8, 2006; Divisional Playoff games on the weekend of Jan. 14-15, 2006; and the AFC and NFC Championship Games on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2006. Super Bowl XL at Ford Field in Detroit, will be played on Sunday, Feb. 5.