Despite leaks from reports throughout the day, giving some of those on social media already an idea for where and when the Packers will face their 2017 opponents, the NFL officially released the 2017 regular season schedule.
The official release was aimed for Thursday at 8 p.m. EST, however, inside sources spewed several details pertaining to multiple teams — including the Packers.
Week 1: Sun., Sept. 10 SEATTLE SEAHAWKS 3:25 p.m. (FOX)
Week 2: Sun., Sept. 17 @ ATLANTA FALCONS 7:30 p.m. (NBC)
Week 3: Sun., Sept. 24 CINCINNATI BENGALS (Gold Pkg.) 3:25 p.m. (CBS)
Week 4: Thu., Sept. 28 CHICAGO BEARS 7:25 p.m. (CBS/NFLN/Amazon)
Week 5: Sun., Oct. 8 @ DALLAS COWBOYS *3:25 p.m. (FOX)
Week 6: Sun., Oct. 15 @ MINNESOTA VIKINGS 12 p.m.(FOX)
Week 7: Sun., Oct. 22 NEW ORLEANS SAINTS *12 p.m. (FOX)
Week 8: Sun., Oct. 29 BYE
Week 9: Mon., Nov. 6 DETROIT LIONS (Gold Pkg.) 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Week 10: Sun., Nov. 12 @ CHICAGO BEARS *12 p.m. (FOX)
Week 11: Sun., Nov. 19 BALTIMORE RAVENS *12 p.m. (CBS)
Week 12: Sun., Nov. 26 @ PITTSBURGH STEELERS *7:30 p.m. (NBC)
Week 13: Sun., Dec. 3 TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS *12 p.m. (FOX)
Week 14: Sun., Dec. 10 @ CLEVELAND BROWNS *12 p.m. (FOX)
Week 15: Sun., Dec. 17 @ CAROLINA PANTHERS *12 p.m. (FOX)
Week 16: Sat., Dec. 23 MINNESOTA VIKINGS 7:30 p.m. (NBC)
Week 17: Sun., Dec. 31 @ DETROIT LIONS *12 p.m. (FOX)
* Start time and broadcast may shift due to NFL flexible scheduling
In a four-year rotation, the Packers will face the AFC North much like they did in 2013. They welcomed Pittsburgh and Cleveland to Green Bay and went on the road to Baltimore and Cincinnati. Now, the tables will flip and give the Packers two home games against the Ravens and Bengals, as well as pitting them in road matchups against the Steelers and Browns.
The Packers will also get a much-needed week eight bye week. Important for a team who dealt with the aftermath of an early week four bye week a season ago, giving them a full 16-game schedule from the week they returned from their bye through the NFC Championship. It helped attribute to the Packers being one of the most bruised and battered teams in the league. The Packers have had five post-week seven bye weeks since 2005.
The first game of the season against the Seahawks serves as the first home-opening game for the Packers since 2012, and the second season-opening game against the Seahawks since 2014. It makes the fourth time in the last six years that the Packers will open their season against an NFC West team. It's also just the second time since 2007 that the Packers have opened their season at home during the day.
The Packers will also get the Bears in prime time at Lambeau Field for the seventh year in a row and on a Thursday night for the third year in a row. Clearly, the rivalry between the two hasn't lost its edge. It's unknown whether or not that'll be a Color Rush game.
After the Packers play the Bears in week four, they'll have 10 days of rest before their NFC Divisional round rematch against the Cowboys. They'll also have another 15 days of rest thanks to their bye week after they face the Saints at home in week seven. When they return to action, they'll be up against the Lions at home in front of a nationally televised audience on Monday Night Football.
Another 2016 playoff opponent is set to welcome the Packers into town. They'll travel to Atlanta to face a Falcons team that dismantled them in last year's NFC title game. It'll also be the first game played in the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Packers played the final game in the Georgia Dome and they'll play the first game in the Falcons' new home.
Four of the five December games for the Packers may have monumental NFC playoff implications. They'll face Tampa Bay and Minnesota at home and hit the road for Carolina and Detroit in week 17 during that span. Luckily, Aaron Rodgers is still the quarterback in Green Bay, and he's sporting a 102.6 passer rating for his career in the month of December.
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