After opening the preseason with two road games – at Tennessee in Week 1 and at St. Louis in Week 2 – the Green Bay Packers won't have to leave home for the remainder of the summer.
For someone who likes to keep his team on as normal a schedule as possible, that has to be pleasing to Packers coach Mike McCarthy.
The Packers will close the preseason with a pair of games at Lambeau Field, including a Week 3 nationally televised game against the Oakland Raiders on CBS. That will be a Friday night game, kicking off at 7 p.m. local time.
The game against the Raiders will mark a homecoming for receiver James Jones, who spent his first seven years with the Packers before signing with Oakland as a free agent last month, and former Packers defensive back Charles Woodson, who left the previous offseason.
The Packers will close the preseason with a Thursday game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Lambeau Field on Aug. 28. Final roster cuts will be due two days later.
It would give the Packers a full week to prepare if they are picked to open the season at Seattle against the defending champion Seahawks on Sept. 4.
Dates have not been finalized for the opening two games.
The Titans, Rams and Chiefs are familiar exhibition foes. The Packers closed eight straight preseasons against the Titans from 2002-2009. Since 2010, they have closed the preseason against the Chiefs every year. This will be the second straight preseason the Packers have played against the Rams in the Edward Jones Dome.
This will be the third straight year that the Packers will not play any of their preseason opponents during the ensuing regular season.
Because no date has been set for the preseason opener, the exact opening of training camp is not yet known. It could open as early as July 23 or as late as July 26. The collective bargaining agreement allows camps to open 15 days before a team’s first preseason game.
Here's the full preseason schedule:
Week 1: at Tennessee, Aug. 7-10, Time TBA
Week 2: at St. Louis, Aug. 14-18, Time TBA
Week 3: vs. Oakland, Aug. 22, 7 p.m. CT (CBS)
Week 4: vs. Kansas City, Aug. 28, Time TBA