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Packers' schedule expected to be released this week

Apr. 21, 2014
 
There’s a chance the Packers will play in the Thursday night season opener at defending Super Bowl champion Seattle on Sept. 4. The Packers are one of eight teams set to play at Seattle this season and a Fail Mary rematch from the 2012 season would make for an attractive nationally televised game.
There’s a chance the Packers will play in the Thursday night season opener at defending Super Bowl champion Seattle on Sept. 4. The Packers are one of eight teams set to play at Seattle this season and a Fail Mary rematch from the 2012 season would make for an attractive nationally televised game. / File/Press-Gazette Media

The NFL schedule is expected to be released sometime this week, but exactly when is anyone’s guess.

There were reports that Tuesday would be the day, but the latest scuttlebutt via ProFootballTalk.com (http://bit.ly/1pn4uQy) says it will more likely be Wednesday or possibly Thursday.

NFL public relations spokesman Brian McCarthy said last week on Twitter: “We will announce when we will announce it.”

Last year the league released the schedule on Thursday evening, April 18, on NFL Network. In the previous five years, the league released its schedule on a Tuesday, sometime between April 11 and April 20.

All NFL teams know their 2014 opponents and are simply waiting to add dates and times.

Here are some things we either know or can speculate about the Packers’ 2014 schedule:

*There’s a chance the Packers will play in the Thursday night season opener at defending Super Bowl champion Seattle on Sept. 4. The Packers are one of eight teams set to play at Seattle this season and a Fail Mary rematch from the 2012 season would make for an attractive nationally televised game. However, other potential attractive matchups for that game include Super Bowl runner-up Denver and San Francisco.

*The Packers will most likely not play on Thanksgiving this year. They have played at Detroit on Turkey Day in 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2013, and the Lions are set to host an AFC opponent this year. The other regular Thanksgiving host, Dallas, doesn’t play the Packers at home this year. It’s always possible the Packers could play in the Thursday night Turkey Day game, although their every-other-year tradition with the Lions would possibly rule out that possibility. Packers coach Mike McCarthy has indicated he likes playing on Thanksgiving because it in effect gives the Packers a weekend “bye” heading into the season home stretch. Every NFL team will play on a Thursday at least once this season.

*The Packers will play against a division opponent in the regular-season finale, a scheduling policy the NFL has instituted for all teams in the hope of making late-season games important in division races. The Packers closed their season at Chicago in 2013 with the NFC North title on the line. In 2012 they played at Minnesota, in 2011 their season ended at home against Detroit and in 2010 it was home against Chicago. If the NFL kept that division schedule rotation intact – there are no guarantees that would happen -- a Green Bay-Detroit matchup at Ford Field would be in order to close out the 2014 season on the weekend of Dec. 27-28.

*The Packers are a good bet to play multiple nationally televised night games. The Packers have played 21 straight years on Monday Night Football, the second-longest streak in the NFL behind Denver. Last season they initially were scheduled to play three Sunday night games, although two of them later in the season (vs. Atlanta and the New York Giants) eventually got flexed to the afternoon.

*The Packers had the earliest possible bye last year, in Week 4, so there is speculation they would get a later bye this season. In 2012 the Packers’ bye fell in Week 10. Their other bye weeks under McCarthy have been Week 8 in 2011, Week 10 in 2010, Week 5 in 2009, Week 8 in 2008, Week 7 in 2007 and Week 6 in 2006.

Packers' 2014 home opponents

Chicago Bears (8-8)
Detroit Lions (7-9)
Minnesota Vikings (5-10-1)
Atlanta Falcons (4-12)
Carolina Panthers (12-4)
Philadelphia Eagles (10-6)
New England Patriots (12-4)
New York Jets (8-8)

Packers' 2014 road opponents

Chicago Bears (8-8)
Detroit Lions (7-9)
Minnesota Vikings (5-10-1)
New Orleans Saints (11-5)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-12)
Seattle Seahawks (13-3)
Buffalo Bills (6-10)
Miami Dolphins (8-8)

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