On Tuesday afternoon, FOX and CBS announced their announcing schedules for the first few weeks of the 2017 NFL season. The Green Bay Packers are featured prominently early on in the regular season schedule, as they will kick off each of their first five games in prime time or the late afternoon slot.
With that schedule, it appears that the Packers are likely to get each of the three primary TV networks’ top announcing pairings during those five weeks, and four of them are official as of Tuesday.
Week one sees the Packers hosting the Seattle Seahawks on the afternoon of Sunday, September 10th. To no one’s surprise, FOX has announced that their top group of Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, and Erin Andrews will call that game as part of their America’s Game of the Week coverage.
The Packers then travel to Atlanta for week two, where they will open up Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Sunday Night Football. That game will be on NBC with Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth announcing.
Week three is the surprise; CBS has the doubleheader, but ended up with a fairly weak slate of games, which dictates that the Packers-Bengals game at Lambeau is the top matchup. Tuesday’s announcement by CBS reveals that their top group - Jim Nantz and Tony Romo with Tracy Wolfson as the sideline reporter - will be on the microphones for that contest. The trio will be best off staying in Green Bay that week, as they will also be calling the Packers’ week four game on Thursday Night Football, when they play the Bears. Former NFL kicker Jay Feely will join the CBS announcing group for that contest.
Week five sees the Packers in Dallas for an afternoon game; FOX has not yet announced who will call that contest, but it is almost guaranteed that a rematch of last year’s Divisional playoff game will draw Buck and Aikman as well.
Finally, on October 15th, the Packers will play a noon game when they visit the Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium.