In just a few days, the 2016 NFL season gets off to its unofficial start with the annual Hall of Fame Game. However, this year, the Green Bay Packers are participating in the first contest of the season, doing so for the first time since they lost to the Kansas City Chiefs 9-0 to begin the 2003 preseason.
In total, this will be the Packers’ fifth appearance in the Hall of Fame Game. In 1969, they beat the Atlanta Falcons by the score of 38-24. Eleven years later, in 1980, the Packers and Chargers played to a scoreless tie. Green Bay then lost to the Los Angeles Raiders 19-3 in 1993. In other words, the Packers have scored exactly three points in their past three appearances in this event; for the sake of posterity, here’s hoping they can eclipse that easily in the first half on Sunday.
With both teams adding a fifth preseason game, it would be a surprise to see either team’s veteran starters get much playing time. However, Colts head coach Chuck Pagano did say all of his starters will play; he just did not say how long they will be in the game. The Packers are notorious for playing their starters little or none at all in preseason games, so don’t expect Aaron Rodgers to line up for more than one series if he even steps on the field.
Here’s our Game Primer, with all the information you need to make sure you’re ready for Sunday’s preseason opener.
Green Bay Packers and Indianapolis Colts
Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium
Sunday, August 7th
8:00 PM Eastern Time (7:00 PM Central)
National broadcast on ESPN
Commentators: Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters
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