The Packers are three days away from kicking off the team’s 101st season, and with it comes a lot of change for the NFL’s most storied franchise. Fans will be watching the upcoming preseason with more interest than usual as they gauge the potential of a squad with a new head coach, new offensive philosophy and overhauled defense. Head coach Matt LaFleur, previously the Tennessee Titan’s offensive coordinator, replaces Mike McCarthy after two lackluster years saw the Green & Gold miss the playoffs in consecutive seasons for the first time since 2005 – 2006.
Here’s a look at the Packers’ upcoming preseason schedule:
Week 1 (Thursday, Aug. 8, 7 p.m. CST): vs. Houston Texans
The Packers’ exhibition schedule begins at home with a visit from former Badgers standout J.J. Watt and the Houston Texans. In the days prior to the game, the Texans will be in the Green Bay area for joint practices with the Packers. This is the third consecutive preseason in which Green Bay begins at home, and the first time the Packers have faced the Texans in the preseason.
Week 2 (Thursday, Aug. 15, 6:30 p.m. CST): at Baltimore Ravens
Game two of the preseason has the Packers traveling to the east coast to face the Baltimore Ravens. It’s only the second time the two franchises have met in the preseason, the first happening 23 years ago in 1996.
Week 3 (Thursday, Aug. 22, 7 p.m. CST): at Oakland Raiders (game played in Winnipeg, Manitoba)
A week later, the Packers will take an international flight to play the Oakland Raiders in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The Silver & Black will be considered the home team, although the game is set to be played at IG Field, home of the Canadian Football League’s Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
“I’m excited about it,” quarterback Aaron Rodgers said in an interview. “I have not been to Winnipeg before, but I am a fan of the CFL because a former teammate of ours, Mike Reilly, has long dominated the CFL.”
This isn’t the Packers first foray into the Great White North. In 1997, Green Bay faced off against the Buffalo Bills in a preseason game hosted by Toronto.
Week 4 (Thursday, Aug. 29, 7 p.m. CST): vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Green Bay closes out the preseason at home against the Kansas City Chiefs, a recently familiar exhibition foe. It is the second straight year the Packers play the Chiefs in the preseason finale, and the eighth time they’ve met since 2010. Because of standard NFL scheduling rotations, the Packers play AFC West opponents in 2019 and will face both the Chiefs and Raiders again in the regular season.
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