10 things to know about the Packers’ 2024 schedule

GREEN BAY – The Packers’ 2024 schedule is here…officially. Here are 10 things to know:

  1. Yes, Green Bay got a home game after the Brazil trip.

While Matt LaFleur will have to wait at least a year for his team to host its regular-season opener at Lambeau Field, the Packers are back in Titletown following a Week 1 showdown with Philadelphia in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

In Week 2, Green Bay will host the Indianapolis Colts in a CT game on September 15 at noon. The Packers have won 11 straight home openers at Lambeau Field.

“We’re excited. We’re excited to have a plan for the season,” head coach Matt LaFleur said. “The schedule is the schedule. Regardless of when we play and where we play, our mentality has to be the best, but we are happy to map out our plan.”

It’s been six years since Green Bay last played at home in Week 1 and the Packers have opened the season as a road team for the 10th time in the last 12 seasons. Green Bay is the only team in the NFL to open the season on the road in the past six years (2019-24). Coincidentally, the Eagles are the only team in the 2020s not to play at home in Week 1.

  1. Earlier in the afternoon, the schedule is heavy when prime time starts late.

Six of the Packers’ first eight games have noon CD kickoffs, including the first four home contests against Indianapolis, Minnesota (Week 4), Arizona (Week 6) and Houston (Week 7).

After the opener in Brazil, Green Bay won’t play another primetime game until Thanksgiving against Miami on Nov. 28 at 7:30 p.m. The four-night stretch begins with the Packers playing in Detroit. Dec. 5 p.m.), travel to Seattle (Sunday 15th at 7:20 p.m.), and play New Orleans on Monday night 23rd at 7:15 p.m.

“It’s definitely going to be a tough four-game stretch,” said LaFleur, who doesn’t believe he’s ever coached a team with four consecutive prime-time games. “Going into the season, I think those four are going to be the toughest football teams. But it’s nice to have two of them at home with San Francisco and then follow it up on Thanksgiving with Miami. It’s great to have a Thanksgiving night game in Lambeau.”

  1. The Packers are playing at home on Thanksgiving for the third time in 101 years.

The Packers hosted an opponent at Lambeau Field on Thanksgiving for the second time and third time overall in team history when they hosted the Green Bay Dolphins.

In 2015, Green Bay petitioned the NFL to host the Chicago Bears on Thanksgiving, in honor of which Brett Favre’s no. 4 was retired at half time. Chicago won 17-13 in a rain-soaked game. This is the Bears’ most recent win in Green Bay, as the Packers have won the last eight meetings at Lambeau Field.

Green Bay’s other Thanksgiving home game was a 19-0 win over the Hammond Bros. at City Stadium on November 29, 1923.

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