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Packers 2017 Preseason schedule dates & times confirmed

Packers 2017 Preseason schedule dates & times confirmed

The Seahawks finish the regular season at Dallas on Christmas Eve and at home against NFC West arch-rival Arizona on New Year's Eve.

The Bucs were fortunate to get their game at Buffalo scheduled for October 22 - the Bills played a home game on October 16 past year and the temperature was an unusually pleasant 72 degrees.

It will also mark the return of running back Eddie Lacy to face his old team. "The opportunity to put two guys on the line of scrimmage and have an opportunity to run right, run left and then run all of our vertical passing game is going to be something that could definitely change and be more hard to stop".

The Packers will have their bye week in Week 8 after having to go through a Week 4 bye week last season. Green Bay will host New Orleans in week seven, then receive a full two weeks off before hosting the Lions.

A few things to bring up: The Bucs haven't done well in cold weather historically - they're 17-56 all-time (.233) when the temperature at kickoff is 49 degrees or colder, though they've won three straight games under such conditions - at Kansas City past year, at Philadelphia in 2015 and at Washington in 2014.

The Packers will need to be fresh late in the year because they play five of their last eight games on the road, including another potential NFC North-deciding game against the Detroit Lions in Week 17. After welcoming the Baltimore Ravens to Lambeau Field for just the fourth time, they will travel to Pittsburgh to play the Steelers in a Sunday night matchup.

"So we're really just expecting and preparing for a huge volume of calls coming in, so we're just really excited the regular season schedule, it's a big event here in Green Bay", Ryn said.

For the first time since 2012, the Packers open the season at home, and will play three of their first four games at Lambeau Field.

The new stadium's completion was slated for March 1, but now won't open until August 26, when the Falcons play their first home exhibition game.

The Patriots will open the season at home against the Kansas City Chiefs. Aaron Rodgers is not going to want to face another "Run the Table" type situation, and Russell Wilson, Pete Carroll, and the rest of the Seahawks merry band is trying to prove it still has championship mettle after back-to-back Super Bowl appearances in 2013 and 2014. They let a 17-13 lead slip away in 2015 and fell 27-17 on Sunday Night Football, and uh. you know what happened in 2016.

This week's announcements come from KSWB, Tribune's Fox affiliate in San Diego, which will air Los Angeles Rams preseason games during the 2017 and 2018 seasons.

Five games will be held overseas, beginning with Baltimore vs. Jacksonville in London on September 24.


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