Green Bay finished the regular season with a 15-1 record which means for the second consecutive year they will have several of their games televised nationally. The 2012 preseason will kick off with the Packers at the San Diego Chargers on ESPN. This is the third straight season Green Bay has played a game on national television and the sixth time in seven years under head coach Mike McCarthy.
The Packers defeated the Chargers in an exciting, rainy contest at Qualcomm Stadium last season. Green Bay came out victorious 45-38 even though San Diego’s offense was on fire. The Packers’ only loss came against the Chiefs in Kansas City in a close game that ended 19-14. Green Bay suffered several injuries along the offensive line which hindered their ability to move the ball when it mattered most. The Packers did not play the Bengals or Browns during the regular season last year.
An interesting fact is that all four of Green Bay’s preseason opponents are from the AFC which is the first time since 2005, one year before McCarthy was hired as the head coach.
It is an exciting time for football fans with the preseason schedule being released today, the regular season scheduled coming out later this month and the NFL Draft roughly three weeks away. The seasons always seem so far apart in the NFL but with so much happening in the offseason, not to mention minicamps and training camp, fans can always feel a part of their favorite team.