Packers announce 2018 schedule

Updated:  7:01 p.m. on April 19, 2018

GREEN BAY, Wis. (CBS 58) -- The Green Bay Packers’ 2018 NFL regular-season schedule was released Thursday evening by the National Football League.

For the second consecutive season, the Packers open the season at home and will play three of their first four games at Lambeau Field. In Week 1, Green Bay will host Chicago on Sunday night, marking the 13th consecutive regular season that the Packers and Bears have squared off in primetime. For the first time since 2012, the Packers play two home games to open the season, hosting Minnesota in Week 2. It marks just the third time (2003, 2008) since the NFC North was formed in 2002 that Green Bay has played division opponents in both of the first two games.

The Packers’ first road contest is at the Redskins, marking Green Bay’s first September visit to Washington. The Packers return home for two of three games before the bye, first taking on the Buffalo Bills in Week 4 and then traveling to Detroit to play the Lions. In Week 6, Green Bay hosts the San Francisco 49ers on Monday Night Football, marking the fourth time the two teams have met on MNF and the first since 1999.

After the second Week 7 bye for Green Bay in the last four seasons (2015), the Packers will play four of five games on the road. Green Bay makes its first trip to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum since 1978 to play the Rams. In Week 9, the Packers travel to the other side of the country to play the Patriots on Sunday night. Green Bay returns home to take on the Miami Dolphins before a quick turnaround to play the Seahawks, marking the Packers’ second Thursday night game at Seattle (Week 1 in 2014). November finishes with a trip to play the Vikings on Sunday night, marking the sixth straight season that the teams have met in a prime-time game.

Green Bay opens the final month of the regular season against Arizona, only the second time the Cardinals have played at Lambeau Field in December (Dec. 21, 1969). The Packers will play back-to-back home games for only the second time in 2018 when they host the Atlanta Falcons in Week 14. It will be the fourth matchup (including postseason) between Green Bay and Atlanta in the last three seasons.

The Packers end the season with two road games in the final three weeks for the seventh straight year. In Week 15, Green Bay will face the Bears in Chicago, a place it has won in the regular season each of the last seven years. The Packers’ road slate will finish up with a game at the New York Jets, the third December game at the Jets in team history (1981, 2002). Green Bay will close out the regular season against the Lions for the third straight year and the fourth time in the last five seasons.

The dates and times for three of Green Bay’s preseason games have also been finalized.

Sun., Sept. 9 CHICAGO BEARS 7:20 p.m. NBC

Sun., Sept. 16 MINNESOTA VIKINGS (Gold Pkg.) 12 p.m. FOX

Sun., Sept. 23 at Washington Redskins 12 p.m. FOX

Sun., Sept. 30 BUFFALO BILLS 12 p.m. CBS

Sun., Oct. 7 at Detroit Lions *12 p.m. FOX

Mon., Oct. 15 SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS 7:15 p.m. ESPN

Sun., Oct. 21 BYE

Sun., Oct. 28 at Los Angeles Rams *3:25 p.m. FOX

Sun., Nov. 4 at New England Patriots *7:20 p.m. NBC

Sun., Nov. 11 MIAMI DOLPHINS (Gold Pkg.) *12 p.m. CBS

Thu., Nov. 15 at Seattle Seahawks 7:20 p.m. FOX/NFLN

Sun., Nov. 25 at Minnesota Vikings *7:20 p.m. NBC

Sun., Dec. 2 ARIZONA CARDINALS *12 p.m. FOX

Sun., Dec. 9 ATLANTA FALCONS *12 p.m. FOX

Sun., Dec. 16 at Chicago Bears *12 p.m. FOX

Sun., Dec. 23 at New York Jets *12 p.m. FOX

Sun., Dec. 30 DETROIT LIONS *12 p.m. FOX


GREEN BAY, Wis. (CBS 58) – The Packers have begun releasing details about their 2018 schedule ahead of Thursday’s official NFL schedule release.

According to ESPN Staff Writer Rob Demovsky, the entire Packers’ home schedule is as follows:

September 9 vs. Bears

September 16 vs. Vikings

September 30 vs. Bills

October 15 vs. 49ers* (*Monday Night Football)

November 11 vs. Dolphins

December 2 vs. Cardinals

December 30 vs. Lions

On Thursday afternoon the Packers released their home and away game opponents for the team’s 100th season.

The opponents the Packers will play at home are:

Chicago Bears

Detroit Lions

Minnesota Vikings

Arizona Cardinals

San Francisco 49ers

Buffalo Bills

Miami Dolphins

Atlanta Falcons

The opponents the Packers will play away are:

Chicago Bears

Detroit Lions

Minnesota Vikings

Los Angeles Rams

Seattle Seahawks

New England Patriots

New York Jets

Washington Redskins

The official schedule is expected to be released Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. CT. Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta will be played on Sunday, February 3, 2019.

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