Packers release preseason schedule
The Green Bay Packers announced their preseason schedule, and the highlight will be a nationally televised game against the Oakland Raiders at Lambeau Field Aug. 22.
The game, which will be a homecoming for three former Packers—receiver James Jones, safety Charles Woodson and defensive end C.J. Wilson—will kick off at 7 p.m.
Jones and Wilson signed free-agent contracts with Oakland this off-season after the Packers showed negligible interest in re-signing them, and Woodson signed last year after the Packers released him.
Dates were set for Oakland and Kansas City, the two home preseason games. However, the club did not indicate which game will be for a Green ticket package holders (Green Bay) and which will be for Gold (Milwaukee).
Here is the full schedule:
Week 1 (Aug. 7-10), at Tennessee Titans
Week 2 (Aug. 14-18), at St. Louis Rams
Week 3 (Aug. 22), Oakland Raiders, 7 p.m. (CBS)
Week 4 (Aug. 28), Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs game is on a Thursday night, but no time has been set. In the case of the two road games, exact times and dates should be announced in a couple of weeks.
The Packers will not play any of their preseason opponents in the regular season for a third straight year.
Coach Mike McCarthy is probably thrilled with the idea of playing his final two preseason games at home. It will be the first time in his tenure that the team has finished with back-to-back home games and it should allow him flexibility in scheduling practices and preparing for the regular season because travel days won't have to be figured in.
Also, the coaches can retreat to their offices immediately after the Chiefs game and start working on player evaluations for the final cut-down rather than having to do some of their work on the plane ride home.
The Packers have finished on the road in the preseason four of McCarthy's eight seasons. He'll be facing the Chiefs in the finale for the fifth straight year and will be playing Tennessee for the fifth time.
The regular-season schedule is expected to be released in a couple of weeks.