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Packers 2015 schedule rumors: Packers to host Bears, retire Favre's jersey on Thanksgiving

Don't eat too much turkey that afternoon.

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The full details of the 2015 NFL regular season schedule won't be released until this evening. However, the first bit of Packers schedule news has surfaced, and it's a doozy. According to ESPN's Rob Demovsky, the Green Bay Packers will host the Chicago Bears on Thanksgiving night.

Over the last few years, the NFL has scheduled three games on Thanksgiving: an early game hosted by the Detroit Lions, an afternoon game hosted by the Dallas Cowboys and a night game with no set location or matchup. While the Packers have participated in their fair share of Thanksgiving games, this would mark the first time one has been played at Lambeau Field.

As Demovsky speculated, the Thanksgiving game provides a prime opportunity for Green Bay to retire Brett Favre's jersey. Favre, of course, terrorized the Bears throughout his career, and the game will be played before a huge national audience.

More schedule leaks are expected in advance of the official release this evening. Acme Packing Company will keep this page up to date with the latest reports and rumors.


1:25 p.m. CT - Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel has confirmed that the Packers will indeed retire Favre's jersey during the Thanksgiving game.

1:58 p.m.Chris Havel reports that the Packers will play in back-to-back primetime games early in the season. The first will be a Sunday nighter on September 20, the second on Monday Night Football September 28.

2:16 p.m. - Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that the Thursday Night game to open the 2015 season will be Steelers vs. Patriots.

2:32 p.m.Tom Silverstein reports that the Packers will host the Seattle Seahawks Week 2 on Sunday Night Football.

3:17 p.m.Adam Schefter reports that the first Sunday Night Football game of the season will feature Giants at Cowboys.

3:40 p.m. Jeff Darlington of ESPN says that there's a "good chance" that the other Packers-Bears game, at Soldier Field, will be opening week.

6:01 p.m.Tom Silverstein says the Packers will travel to San Francisco in Week 4 and to Detroit in Week 13.

6:29 p.m.Tom Silverstein reports that the Packers' season finale will be a home game against the Vikings.

Jason B. Hirschhorn covers the Green Bay Packers for Acme Packing Company. He also serves as an SB Nation newsdesk contributor and NFL writer for Sports on Earth.