Packers' preseason opponents

NFL unveils exhibition schedule, national TV games set

The Green Bay Packers' 2006 exhibition schedule includes a trip to the West Coast and an appearance on ESPN's Monday Night Football.

The Packers will play at Cincinnati on Monday night, Aug. 28 at 7 p.m. The exact times and dates of the other three games will be announced in upcoming weeks. All three of those games will be televised on statewide network.

The Packers open the exhibition season at San Diego the week of Aug. 10-14, the Packers' first trip ever to San Diego in the preseason. Green Bay then hosts the Atlanta Falcons the week of Aug. 17-21. The Packers finish their exhibition season the week of Aug. 31-Sept. 1 at Lambeau Field against the Tennesee Titans.

The Packers will face the Chargers' Phillip Rivers, who became the team's starter earlier this off-season, in the opener. If Brett Favre retires from football, Aaron Rodgers will likely be the Packers' starter. Both teams met in the exhibition opener last year with Green Bay winning, 10-7, on Ryan Longwell's 53-yard field goal. In 35 years prior to last season, the teams had met in preseason just once, the Hall of Fame Game in 1980, when severe lightning ended a scoreless tie in the fourth quarter.

Packers fans will have a chance to see the Packers' new zone blocking scheme against the Atlanta Falcons, the club from which Green Bay offensive coordinator Jeff Jagodzinski learned the strategy, in Week 2.

The marquee game on the schedule is Week 3, when starters generally see their most preseason playing time. ESPN's new Monday night crew of play-by-play man Mike Tirico and analysts Joe Theismann and Tony Kornheiser will call the exhibition against the Bengals.

Green Bay's final tune-up for the 2006 season is a rematch with the Tennessee Titans, who renewed a preseason relationship with the Packers that dates to the 2002 season. The league allows teams to determine one of their preseason opponents.

The home game designated as a Gold Package contest for season-ticket holders from Milwaukee will be announced at a later date, according to the Packers.

The league is expected to announce the regular season schedule in early April.

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WEEK 1 – AUGUST 10 – 14
Indianapolis at St. Louis (FOX, 8/10)
New England at Atlanta (CBS, 8/11)
Washington at Cincinnati (NBC, 8/13)
Oakland at Minnesota (ESPN, 8/14)
Buffalo at Carolina
Chicago at San Francisco
Cleveland at Philadelphia
Dallas at Seattle
Denver at Detroit
Green Bay at San Diego
Jacksonville at Miami
Kansas City at Houston
New Orleans at Tennessee
New York Giants at Baltimore
New York Jets at Tampa Bay
Pittsburgh at Arizona

WEEK 2 – AUGUST 17-21
Kansas City at New York Giants (FOX, 8/17)
San Diego at Chicago (CBS, 8/18)
Arizona at New England (NFLN, 8/19)
Seattle at Indianapolis (NBC, 8/20)
Dallas at New Orleans, Shreveport, LA (ESPN, 8/21)
Atlanta at Green Bay
Carolina at Jacksonville
Cincinnati at Buffalo
Detroit at Cleveland
Houston at St. Louis
Miami at Tampa Bay
Minnesota at Pittsburgh
New York Jets at Washington
Philadelphia at Baltimore
San Francisco at Oakland
Tennessee at Denver

WEEK 3 – AUGUST 24-28
Miami at Carolina (FOX, 8/24)
Pittsburgh at Philadelphia (ESPN, 8/25)
Tampa Bay at Jacksonville (CBS, 8/26)
Houston at Denver (NFLN, 8/27)
Green Bay at Cincinnati (ESPN, 8/28)
Arizona at Chicago
Atlanta at Tennessee
Baltimore at Minnesota
Cleveland at Buffalo
Detroit at Oakland
Indianapolis at New Orleans, Jackson, MS
New York Giants at New York Jets
San Francisco at Dallas
Seattle at San Diego
St. Louis at Kansas City
Washington at New England

Baltimore at Washington
Buffalo at Detroit
Carolina at Pittsburgh
Chicago at Cleveland
Cincinnati at Indianapolis
Denver at Arizona
Jacksonville at Atlanta
Minnesota at Dallas
New England at New York Giants
New Orleans at Kansas City
Oakland at Seattle
Philadelphia at New York Jets
San Diego at San Francisco
St. Louis at Miami
Tampa Bay at Houston
Tennessee at Green Bay

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