Schedule's out: Packers host Eagles in Week 1

The Packers welcome MVP LaDainian Tomlinson in Week 3, host Chicago on a Sunday night in Week 5 and play back-to-back Thursday games at Detroit and at Dallas in late November.

For the ninth time in 11 years, the Green Bay Packers will open the season at Lambeau Field, and seven of their home games will kick off at noon.

The Packers will start the 2007 season at home against the Philadelphia Eagles at noon on Sunday, Sept. 9.

The Packers also opened the 1991 season — Lindy Infante's last as Packers coach — at home against Philadelphia, losing 20-3.

The Packers will play in prime time three times, including a Sunday night game at home against Chicago on Oct. 7 on NBC.

"This game has tradition written all over it. If you're a fan of football, this is something really special — Brett Favre, Lambeau Field. These are the games you look forward to," NBC commentator John Madden said.

The game against Chicago caps a season-opening stretch in which the Packers face 2006 playoff teams in four of the first five games.

The other prime-time games are a Monday night game at Denver on Oct. 29 and a Thursday night game at Dallas on Nov. 29. That Cowboys game comes seven days after the Packers play at Detroit on Thanksgiving, giving them back-to-back Thursday assignments.

Games during the final six weeks of the season are subject to change under the NFL's flexible scheduling, which allows NBC to move a game of its choice each week into its Sunday night time slot. So, the Packers could earn another prime-time slot, though those Thursday games are off limits.

The most intriguing part of the schedule comes in Weeks 3 through 5, with Green Bay hosting San Diego and reigning NFL MVP LaDainian Tomlinson on Sept. 23, followed by games against bitter NFC North rivals: at Minnesota on Sept. 30 and home against Chicago on Oct. 7.

That's followed by a home game against Washington on Oct. 14 and the bye on Oct. 21. Then, it's back-to-back games in two of the toughest environments in the league, Denver on Oct. 29 and Kansas City on Nov. 4.

If the Packers acquire Randy Moss, he'll face his old team, Oakland, at Lambeau on Dec. 9.

The Detroit Lions usually are staples of the early-season schedule — with games in the first month of the season against them in seven of the previous nine years. This year, they'll visit Detroit on Thanksgiving and host the Lions in the Dec. 30 regular-season finale.

For what it's worth, this year's matchups against Detroit come in Weeks 12 and 17. The last time the Packers played the Lions so late in the season — Weeks 10 and 16 — was in 1996, and the Packers won the Super Bowl that year.

The 2007 Packers schedule

All times Central

Week 1 — Sunday, Sept. 9: Philadelphia, noon (Fox)

Week 2 — Sunday, Sept. 16: at New York Giants, noon (Fox)

Week 3 — Sunday, Sept. 23: San Diego, noon (CBS)*

Week 4 — Sunday, Sept. 30: at Minnesota, noon (Fox)

Week 5 — Sunday, Oct. 7: Chicago, 7:15 p.m. (NBC)

Week 6 — Sunday, Oct. 14: Washington, noon (Fox)

Week 7 — Sunday, Oct. 21: Bye week

Week 8 — Monday, Oct. 29: at Denver, 7:30 p.m.. (ESPN)

Week 9 — Sunday, Nov. 4: at Kansas City, noon (Fox)

Week 10 — Sunday, Nov. 11: Minnesota, noon (Fox)*

Week 11 — Sunday, Nov. 18: Carolina, noon (Fox)

Week 12 — Thursday, Nov. 22: at Detroit, 11:30 a.m. (Fox)

Week 13 — Thursday, Nov. 29: at Dallas, 7:15 p.m. (NFL Network)

Week 14 — Sunday, Dec. 9: Oakland, noon (CBS)

Week 15 — Sunday, Dec. 16: at St. Louis, noon (Fox)

Week 16 — Sunday, Dec. 23: at Chicago, noon (Fox)

Week 17 — Sunday, Dec. 30: Detroit, noon (Fox)

* — Gold ticket package for Milwaukee season-ticket holders

Note: Sunday night games in Weeks 11 through 17 are part of NFL flexible scheduling, so those games are subject to change. Lawrence is a regular contributor to Send comments to

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