Packers release preseason slate

Green Bay will open the 2009 exhibition slate with home games against Cleveland and Buffalo, with dates to be announced.

The Green Bay Packers announced a preliminary look at their preseason schedule on Monday.

The Packers will host Cleveland and Buffalo in the first two games, followed by treks to Arizona and Tennessee. None of the four games will be broadcast nationally.

Exact dates and times will be announced later. The Cleveland game (Midwest Shrine; Gold package) will be played somewhere between Aug. 13 and Aug. 17. The Buffalo game (Bishop's Charities) will be played between Aug. 20 and 24.

The Packers will be well-tested by the end of the preseason. They visit the Arizona Cardinals, the reigning NFC champs, between Aug. 27 and Aug. 31. The preseason concludes with a game against the Tennessee Titans, who posted the NFL's best regular season record, on Sept. 3 or Sept. 4

The Packers will begin the regular season with a prime-time matchup against Chicago on Sept. 13 at Lambeau Field. The full NFL schedule will be released sometime in April.

The Packers will host the Browns in the 60th annual Upper Midwest Shrine Game. The game, which debuted in 1950, has raised more than $3.1 million for the Midwest Shrine's burn centers and hospitals for crippled children. The Packers and Browns split four preseason games from 2000 through 2003. The Packers will visit Cleveland during the regular season.

The contest against the Bills will be the 49th annual Bishop's Charities Game, a charitable contest initiated in 1961 by Vince Lombardi and the Diocese of Green Bay that has raised more than $3.4 million. Green Bay and Buffalo last met in the preseason in 2005 in Buffalo, a 27-7 loss. Also that year, the Packers practiced against the Bills and faced them in the Family Night Scrimmage.

After that, the Packers visit the Cardinals in what will be a preview of their regular-season matchup, which also will be played in Glendale, Ariz. In their only preseason meeting since the Cardinals moved to Arizona in 1988, the Packers won 29-21 in 2001.

Finally, for the eighth consecutive season, the Packers conclude the preseason against Tennessee. The Titans are 5-2 in the series, including a 23-21 win last season. In the No. 1 offense's only play, Aaron Rodgers hit Greg Jennings for a 68-yard touchdown. The Packers had a chance to force overtime after Matt Flynn connected for a 22-yard touchdown pass to Jake Allen as time expired, but the two-point try failed.


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