Not so ready for prime-time

As Brett Favre decides the future of his pro football career, the television networks refrained from scheduling Green Bay as much as possible during the prime-time. Still, the Packers will be in the limelight at least three times this season, and possibly more.

One of the aftereffects of a lousy season is less games in front of a national television audience. But with a chance that Brett Favre may be returning for his 16th NFL season, the Green Bay Packers still mustered at least three prime-time games.

The Packers' 2006 schedule consists of 11 noon kickoffs, the most since 2001 when Green Bay was issued 10 noon kickoffs. Green Bay may have had fewer prime-time games, but Favre has yet to make up his mind on returning to the Packers. Green Bay began the 2005 season with five noon games and ended it with six.

If the Packers perform better than they did when they finished 4-12 last season, there is a chance that they may be moved into prime-time slots later in the season. The NFL this week unveiled a plan that allows for flexible scheduling during the final eight weeks of the season. The Packers' currently are scheduled for six games that start at noon during the final eight weeks. The Packers are scheduled to meet the Seahawks on Monday Night Football in Seattle on Nov. 27. Green Bay also will be featured on the NFL Network on Dec. 21 at home against the Minnesota Vikings.

Green Bay will open the season at home against the defending NFC North Division champion Chicago Bears, Green Bay's first regular season opener at Lambeau Field since 2003. The 3:15 p.m. (CT) start will be part of the second half of a Fox Sports doubleheader.

Green Bay begins the season with three of its first five games at home. The Packers then have their open date in Week 6, which is the earliest it has been for the team since 1999, when it fell in Week 4.

After the bye, three of the next four games are on the road. Green Bay later closes out the season with three straight division games, though, the Packers will play three games in the span of 11 days between Dec. 10 and Dec. 21. The Packers play at San Francisco on Dec. 10, then return to Lambeau Field to host the Lions on Dec. 17 and Vikings on Dec. 21. Green Bay finished the season on New Year's Eve against the Bears at Chicago's Soldier Field.

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