While this isn't the schedule announcement that most NFL fans have been eagerly awaiting, we now know the approximate dates and opponents for the Green Bay Packers' first four games of 2015. Of course, I am referring to the preseason games, as the NFL announced the preseason games for all 32 teams on Thursday.
The Packers' schedule sets up as follows:
|1||Aug. 13-17||TBA||New England Patriots||Gillette Stadium||Packers TV Network|
|2||Aug. 20-24||TBA||Pittsburgh Steelers||Heinz Field||Packers TV Network|
|3||Aug. 27-30||TBA||Philadelphia Eagles||Lambeau Field||Packers TV Network|
|4||Sept. 3-4||TBA||New Orleans Saints||Lambeau Field||Packers TV Network|
There are a few mildly interesting storylines here. Three of these games are rematches of games played in 2014. The Packers defeated the eventual Super Bowl-winning Patriots by a score of 26-21 in week 13 of last season and blew out the Eagles 53-20 two weeks earlier. They lost 44-23 to the Saints in New Orleans, however, in week 8.
One former Packer will be returning to Lambeau in the third game, as inside linebacker Brad Jones is now a member of the Eagles. None of these four teams are on the Packers' regular season schedule, however, so if there is a rematch it will have to take place in the playoffs.
One interesting note is that not a single one of these games will be nationally televised. This means that if you live outside of the Packers' local TV network, you will likely need to purchase the NFL's Preseason Live package in order to see any of these four games.
The exact dates for the preseason games as well as the regular season schedule will be announced at later in the offseason. Here are the Packers 2015 regular season opponents: