GREEN BAY – The Green Bay Packers will open the 2014 regular season in Seattle against the defending Super Bowl-champion Seahawks on Thursday, Sept. 4, and they’ll play four more prime-time games this season.
Despite finishing just 8-7-1 last season after losing starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers for the better part of eight games to a fractured collarbone, the Packers still clearly hold plenty of national appeal, as the NFL opted for them in the kickoff game over the San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos, both of whom are also on the Seahawks’ slate.
The Packers played host to the New Orleans Saints at Lambeau Field in the NFL Kickoff game in 2011, after winning Super Bowl XLV the season before. Since the NFL started having the defending champion open the season at home on the first Thursday in September in 2004, the champion has only lost once at home – two years ago, when the Dallas Cowboys beat the defending champion New York Giants in the 2012 opener. (The defending champion Baltimore Ravens lost at Denver in the 2013 opener after the Baltimore Orioles wouldn't move the start time of their game, forcing the Ravens to open on the road.)
The Packers’ other prime-time games will be on Thursday, Oct. 2 against the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field on Thursday Night Football on CBS and NFL Network, Sunday, Oct. 26 at New Orleans on Sunday Night Football on NBC at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome; Sunday, Nov. 9 against the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field on Sunday Night Football on NBC; and Monday, Dec. 8 at Lambeau Field against the Atlanta Falcons on ESPN’s Monday Night Football.
Here’s the full schedule:
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