Packers to face Lacy, Seahawks in opener

2017 schedule released
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Chris Caporale, sports@wolfrivermedia.com

A familiar opponent will make its way to Lambeau Field for the opening weekend, and a Week 8 bye is a welcomed change for a squad that had a fourth-week break last year.

The NFL’s 97th regular-season schedule was released Thursday night.

The Seattle Seahawks, along with former Packers running back Eddie Lacy, will travel to Green Bay on Sept. 10 to open the season. It will be the sixth meeting between the teams since 2012, and Green Bay has won seven consecutive games against Seattle at home.

A trip to Atlanta, where Green Bay’s season ended last season, awaits in Week 2, followed by a home game against Cincinnati on Sept. 24.

The Packers’ first NFC North divisional contest will be a home game against the Chicago Bears on Sept. 28, before they head to Dallas for a date with the Cowboys on Oct. 8. A road trip to Minnesota on Oct. 15 and a home game against the New Orleans Saints on Oct. 22 will close out the opening half of the season before the Packers’ open date.

The Saints last traveled to Lambeau Field in 2012, when the Packers started their title defense from Super Bowl XLV. Green Bay won, 28-27.

The Week 8 bye is the latest for the Packers since 2014 when Green Bay had off during the ninth week of the season. Green Bay last year played 14 straight weeks without a bye to close the season.

A Monday night game against the Lions, one of five prime-time games for the Green and Gold next season, will get the Packers back into the swing of things Nov. 6, and the second game with the Bears comes in Week 10.

Green Bay welcomes Baltimore to Lambeau Field on Nov. 19 before traveling to face another AFC North squad, Pittsburgh, the following weekend. Non-divisional games with Tampa Bay, Cleveland and Carolina will come in weeks 13, 14 and 15, respectively.

The Packers will close out the season with a home game vs. the Vikings on Dec. 23 and a road contest in Detroit on Dec. 31. It’s the first time Green Bay has finished the regular season on the road against the same team for consecutive seasons since 1991-92.

The other prime-time games, besides the Week 9 home game against Detroit, include Atlanta (Week 2), Chicago (Week 4), Pittsburgh (Week 12) and Minnesota (Week 16).

Chicago and Green Bay have played in at least one nationally televised game each of the past 12 seasons.

Green Bay’s preseason schedule was also finalized, with an Aug. 10 home game against Philadelphia, Aug. 19 road trip to Washington, Aug. 26 game in Denver and Aug. 31 home contest with the Los Angeles Rams.

All preseason games will be televised on the Packers TV Network and Telemundo Wisconsin.

AT A GLANCE

Packers 2017 Schedule

Sept. 10 Seattle, 4:25 p.m.

Sept. 17 at Atlanta, 8:30 p.m.

Sept. 24 Cincinnati, 4:25 p.m.

Sept. 28 Chicago, 8:25 p.m.

Oct. 8 at Dallas, 4:25 p.m.

Oct. 15 at Minnesota, 1 p.m.

Oct. 22 New Orleans, 1 p.m.

Oct. 29 Bye

Nov. 6 Detroit, 8:30 p.m.

Nov. 12 at Chicago, 1 p.m.

Nov. 19 Baltimore, 1 p.m.

Nov. 26 x-at Pittsburgh, 8:30 p.m.

Dec. 3 Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.

Dec. 10 at Cleveland, 1 p.m.

Dec. 17 at Carolina, 1 p.m.

Dec. 23 Minnesota, 8:30 p.m.

Dec. 31 at Detroit, 1 p.m.

x = subject to change