For those of you who’ve had enough of the draft and lockout talk, the Green Bay Packers 2011 schedule was released on Tuesday.
Finally, we have an idea what the Packers title defense will look like.
Of course, this all depends upon the NFL and NFLPA agreeing on a new CBA. Without it, the release of these games are a moot point.
However, let’s stay positive and assume the schedule will be played out in its entirety.
Without further ado, here is the complete Green Bay Packers 2011 schedule:
|Sat., Aug. 13||@ Cleveland Browns||6:30 p.m.||State|
|Fri., Aug. 19||Arizona Cardinals||7:00 p.m.||State|
|Thu., Aug 26||@ Indianapolis Colts||7:00 p.m.||CBS|
|Thu., Sep. 1||Kansas City Chiefs||7:00 p.m.||State|
|Thu., Sept. 8||New Orleans Saints||7:30 p.m.||NBC|
|Sun., Sept. 18||@ Carolina Panthers||12:00 p.m.||FOX|
|Sun., Sept. 25||@ Chicago Bears||3:15 p.m.||FOX|
|Sun., Oct. 2||Denver Broncos||3:15 p.m.||CBS|
|Sun., Oct. 9||@ Atlanta Falcons||7:20 p.m.||NBC|
|Sun., Oct. 16||St. Louis Rams||12:00 p.m.||FOX|
|Sun., Oct. 23||@ Minnesota Vikings||3:15 p.m.||FOX|
|Sun., Oct. 30||Open Date|
|Sun., Nov. 6||@ San Diego Chargers||3:15 p.m.||FOX|
|Mon, Nov. 14||Minnesota Vikings||7:30 p.m.||ESPN|
|Sun., Nov. 20||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||*12:00 p.m.||FOX|
|Thu., Nov. 24||@ Detroit Lions||11:30 a.m.||FOX|
|Sun., Dec. 4||@ New York Giants||*3:15 p.m.||FOX|
|Sun., Dec. 11||Oakland Raiders||*12:00 p.m.||CBS|
|Sun., Dec. 18||@ Kansas City Chiefs||*12:00 p.m.||FOX|
|Sun., Dec. 25||Chicago Bears||7:20 p.m.||NBC|
|Sun., Jan. 1||Detroit Lions||*12:00 p.m.||FOX|
Just scanning the schedule, there’s plenty of big-time games for the Packers.
Playoff rematches with Chicago (Week 3, 16) and Atlanta (Week 5) should offer some interesting story lines.
The Packers return to the trail of their Super Bowl run, and I’m sure both the Bears and Falcons will be circling those games.
The Packers also get five nationally televised games, including a return to Detroit for the Thanksgiving game that begins a stretch of three holiday matchups for Green Bay.
The Bears and Packers will face off on Christmas Day at Lambeau Field and New Years Day has the Lions traveling to Green Bay for the regular season finale.
The Packers will be the first team in NFL history to play on all three holiday dates in one season.
However, having the final two games at Lambeau Field could be big in terms of who wins the division.
This is a hard schedule for the Packers. That happens as the defending Super Bowl Champion, but there’s no doubt the Packers will have their hands full in 2011.
The Saints will be a tough task right out of the gates, and there are good teams littering the rest of this schedule. The Falcons, Buccaneers, Giants, Chargers, and all six division games should be really good contests.
The three-game stretch in 11 days from Week 10-12 could be a daunting task.
The Packers play the Vikings Monday night (Nov. 14), followed by a good Buccaneers team on Sunday (Nov. 20), than finish four days later (Nov. 24) in Detroit by playing the Lions on Thanksgiving.
The Packers also played two of their first three games away from Lambeau Field.
Finally, there is plenty of late games.
The Packers have five afternoon games, three more than they played in 2010. Coach Mike McCarthy has always stated a preference for 12:00 p.m starts.