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Five games to circle on the Green Bay Packers 2017 schedule

Five games to circle on the Green Bay Packers 2017 schedule

The full 2017 National Football League regular season schedule will be unveiled at approximately 8 PM ET.

The Green Bay Packers will open the 2017 regular season with a bang, as they host Russell Wilson, Eddie Lacy and the Seattle Seahawks on September 10 at 3:25 p.m.

At least it's not December in Wisconsin this time around.

With outside linebackers Julius Peppers and Datone Jones leaving in free agency, it will be up to Matthews, returning standout Nick Perry, and unproven youngsters Kyler Fackrell and Jayrone Elliott to help bolster a defense that finished 21st in points allowed during the season and was gouged for 44 points by the Falcons in the championship game.

Next Thursday hardcore football fans will be glued to the television screen to watch every pick made in the first round of the NFL Draft. Last year, Green Bay ended up with six when the Week 17 game at Detroit for the NFC North title was flexed to prime time.

The first home game is September 17 against the 49ers. Previous year it was after the fourth game, also in October. This will be the Packers' first game of the season, and it will be at Lambeau field, so there is the home-field advantage for the Packers.

Thus, a chance for a fast start and the rest of the NFC West chasing Seattle all season.

The NFC championship rematch, scheduled for Sunday night, September 17, will be the regular-season debut of Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the Falcons' new glass-paneled, retractable-roofed $1.5 billion home. This will be the third consecutive year in which the Packers have hosted the Seahawks, with Green Bay winning 27-17 in Week 2 of the 2015 season and 38-10 in Week 13 of last season.

The Packers' Week 8 bye, the latest bye week for Green Bay since 2014 (Week 9), is sandwiched by two home games. Chicago Sept. 28 will be broadcast on CBS and NFL Network; and the Monday night game will be broadcast on ESPN Nov. 6.

In all, the Packers have five prime-time games, a total that could change based on flex scheduling. That's Seattle's only Monday night game.

New England earned that honor with its record comeback to beat Atlanta in the Super Bowl.

The Seahawks host Philadelphia on NBC's Sunday Night Football on December 3.

Seahawks single-game tickets go on sale Aprill 22 at 10 a.m. PT. The rest of their trips to the Eastern and Central time zones are later, afternoon kickoffs.


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