Packers to host Texans for practices, preseason opener
GREEN BAY – The Green Bay Packers’ four preseason opponents were released Tuesday, though the location for one of their exhibitions remains undecided.
The Packers will open and close their preseason at Lambeau Field. They will host the Houston Texans in the opener sometime from Aug. 8-12 (after welcoming them up early in the week for shared practices), and then finish against the Kansas City Chiefs. In between, the Packers will travel to the Baltimore Ravens in the preseason’s second week, then play the Oakland Raiders in Week 3.
The location for their exhibition against the Raiders is yet to be determined, according to the team’s release. At the NFL owners meetings last month, president/CEO Mark Murphy confirmed the team was in discussions with the Raiders of potentially moving an exhibition to Canada, with the top two options being Saskatchewan (which has stadium issues) or Winnipeg.
It remains to be seen where the exhibition will be played if Canada is not an option. Both teams would likely prefer to avoid playing their exhibition on the baseball infield inside the Raiders’ home stadium, the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, which it shares with the Oakland Athletics. If not played in Canada, the Packers might end up hosting three exhibitions.
The Packers previously played out-of-country preseason games in Toronto (1997) and Tokyo (1998).
It’s the third straight year the Packers will open their preseason at home. New Packers head coach Matt LaFleur had said he wanted to have joint practices with whichever team it opens against in the preseason, and that was Houston.
The Packers will be playing in Baltimore on an undetermined day between Aug. 15-19. They’ll play the Raiders between Aug. 22-25, and the Chiefs on Aug. 29