The Green Bay Packers’ 96th NFL regular-season schedule – highlighted by five prime-time contests (subject to flexible scheduling) – was released Thursday evening by the National Football League.
The Packers kick off their season on the road for the fourth consecutive year, the longest streak in team history, opening with two road games for the first time since 1924. Green Bay will travel to Jacksonville, playing on the road against an AFC team in Week 1 for the first time since facing the New England Patriots in 1985.
Green Bay will face division opponents in the next two games, beginning with a trip to Minnesota to face the Vikings in a prime-time game in Week 2. Green Bay returns to Lambeau Field for the home opener against the Detroit Lions. It is the first time since 1975 that the Packers have not played a game in Green Bay until Week 3.
For the second time in four years, the Packers will have their bye in Week 4. Green Bay returns to action with three consecutive home games against NFC teams over a 12-day span. In Week 5, the Packers play on Sunday night against the New York Giants. It will be the Giants’ first regular-season game at Lambeau Field since 2010. The following week, Green Bay will play the Dallas Cowboys for the fourth consecutive season (including playoffs) and for the second straight year at home. The Packers have won five straight games against the Cowboys during the regular and postseason. Green Bay finishes the homestand playing the Chicago Bears on a Thursday night for the second consecutive season (11th straight year in primetime).
Four of the Packers’ next five games will be on the road, including three road games in a row for the first time since 2012. After a trip to play the Atlanta Falcons in Week 8, Green Bay will face the Indianapolis Colts at home for the first time since 2008. The Packers make just their third regular-season visit to Tennessee to play the Titans in Week 10. Green Bay will play two primetime road games in a row, first traveling to play against the Washington Redskins on a Sunday night and then going to Philadelphia to face the Eagles on Monday Night Football.
Green Bay will play its first game at home in almost a month when it faces the Houston Texans for just the second time ever at home. Week 14 brings a familiar matchup as the Packers welcome the Seattle Seahawks to Lambeau Field for the second consecutive year. Including the postseason, Green Bay and Seattle will meet for the fifth time in five years.
For the first time since 2006, the Packers will finish the regular season with three straight games against NFC North opponents. In Week 15, Green Bay will travel to Chicago to play the Bears. The Packers have won four consecutive games against the Bears in December, three of which were played in Chicago. Green Bay returns home to play the Vikings in Week 16 on Christmas Eve, playing on a Saturday for the first time since 1997. The Packers will finish the regular season in Detroit for the first time since 1993.
Green Bay’s schedule includes five games against 2015 playoff teams. Three of those contests (Minnesota, Houston, Seattle) will be at Lambeau Field, while two (Minnesota, Washington) will come on the road.
– PRESEASON –
Date Opponent Time (CT) TV
Sun., Aug. 7 vs. Indianapolis Colts 7 p.m. ESPN
(NFL/Hall of Fame Game, Canton, Ohio)
Fri., Aug. 12 CLEVELAND BROWNS (Gold Pkg.) 7 p.m. Packers TV Network/Telemundo Wisconsin
(Midwest Shrine Game)
Thu., Aug. 18 OAKLAND RAIDERS 7 p.m. Packers TV Network/Telemundo Wisconsin
(Bishop’s Charities Game)
Fri., Aug. 26 at San Francisco 49ers 8:30 p.m. Packers TV Network/Telemundo Wisconsin
Thu., Sept. 1 at Kansas City Chiefs 7 p.m. Packers TV Network/Telemundo Wisconsin
– REGULAR SEASON –
Date Opponent Time (CT) TV
Sun., Sept. 11 at Jacksonville Jaguars 12 p.m. FOX
Sun., Sept. 18 at Minnesota Vikings 7:30 p.m. NBC
Sun., Sept. 25 DETROIT LIONS 12 p.m. FOX
Sun., Oct. 2 BYE
Sun., Oct. 9 NEW YORK GIANTS (Gold Pkg.) *7:30 p.m. NBC
Sun., Oct. 16 DALLAS COWBOYS *3:25 p.m. FOX
Thu., Oct. 20 CHICAGO BEARS 7:25 p.m. CBS/NFLN/Twitter
Sun., Oct. 30 at Atlanta Falcons *12 p.m. FOX
Sun., Nov. 6 INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (Gold Pkg.) *3:25 p.m. CBS
Sun., Nov. 13 at Tennessee Titans *12 p.m. FOX
Sun., Nov. 20 at Washington Redskins *7:30 p.m. NBC
Mon., Nov. 28 at Philadelphia Eagles 7:30 p.m. ESPN
Sun., Dec. 4 HOUSTON TEXANS *12 p.m. CBS
Sun., Dec. 11 SEATTLE SEAHAWKS *3:25 p.m. FOX
Sun., Dec. 18 at Chicago Bears *12 p.m. FOX
Sat., Dec. 24 MINNESOTA VIKINGS 12 p.m. FOX
Sun., Jan. 1 at Detroit Lions *12 p.m. FOX