Packers host Vikings on a Sunday night
The Green Bay Packers will play nine games before their bye week, and the Minnesota Vikings (with Brett Favre?) make their Lambeau Field visit on Sunday night, Oct. 24.
Those are among the highlights of the Packers’ regular-season schedule that was announced Tuesday night.
The Vikings’ game is among three Sunday night games on Sunday nights for the Packers. Besides the Vikings, the Packers play the Cowboys on Sunday night, Nov. 7, and at New England on Sunday night, Dec. 19.
The Packers’ only Monday night game is at Chicago on Sept. 27.
Three of the Packers’ four night games occur in the first four weeks.
“It is a priviledge to play prime-time football,” said Packer coach Mike McCarthy, in a team release. “I think it’s a reflection of how we’re looked upon as an organization by the National Football League and the networks.”
The Nov. 14 bye is the latest in team history.
“You have one Monday night game, but it is close, it’s in Chicago, in Week 3,” said McCarthy. “So with that, you’re pretty much playing on Sundays, and your two Sunday night contests are at home.
“I think it’s an opportunity for us to gain some regularity and continuity as a football team, and I think that definitley helps you as long as you stay healthy.”
After the bye, the Packers play on the road at Minnesota and at Atlanta, before playing at home against San Francisco. They then play two more road games, at Detroit and at New England.
“Once again, you’re talking about Week 11 and 12,” McCarthy said. “There are a lot of things that happen.”
The Packers finish with two home games (New York Giants and the Bears) for the first time since 2005.