The Green Bay Packers’ 2019 NFL regular-season schedule – highlighted by five prime-time contests (subject to flexible scheduling) on the original schedule for the sixth straight year (2014-19) – was released this evening by the National Football League.
The Packers will open the season at the Chicago Bears in the NFL’s Thursday night regular-season opener. It marks the fourth time in team history that Green Bay has opened at Chicago (1979, 1981, 2015).
The Packers will open their home slate in Week 2 against the Minnesota Vikings, marking just the fourth time (2003, 2008, 2018) since the NFC North was formed in 2002 that Green Bay has played division opponents in both of the first two games.
Green Bay stays at home both of the next two weeks, the first time the Packers have played three straight at home in September since 1990 (Weeks 1-3). They host the Denver Broncos in Week 3 and the Philadelphia Eagles in a Thursday night matchup in Week 4.
The Packers travel to take on the Dallas Cowboys in Week 5. For the second time in three seasons, the Packers will host the Detroit Lions on Monday Night Football, this time in Week 6. It is the fifth Monday night matchup between the two clubs (1964, 1971, 1972, 2017).
A home game against the Oakland Raiders in Week 7 will be the Packers’ fifth at Lambeau in 2019, marking the most home contests for Green Bay in the first seven games of a season since 1978 when it also played five at home (not including the 1987 strike year).
Over the next six weeks, the Packers play four road games and one home contest. In Week 8, Green Bay is at Kansas City in a Sunday night matchup. The following week, Green Bay travels to Los Angeles to take on the Chargers.
In Week 10, the Packers host the Carolina Panthers in the fourth contest between the two teams in the last six years (2014, 2015, 2017). Green Bay will have its bye the following week, marking the first Week 11 bye for the Packers and the latest for the team since the bye was reintroduced in 1990.
Over the next two weeks, Green Bay will crisscross the country, playing at the San Francisco 49ers in Week 12 and at the New York Giants in Week 13. The Packers have won five of their last six at the 49ers, including their last trip in 2015 (17-3).
The Packers’ final two regular-season home games will take place in Weeks 14-15. First, they take on the Washington Redskins in the third matchup between the two in the last five years (including the postseason) but the first in Green Bay since 2013.
Week 15 has the Bears coming to Green Bay and starts a run of three straight divisional games to finish the regular season for the third time since the NFC North was formed in 2002 (2006, 2016).
The Packers close out the regular season with two road games for the first time since 2004 when they played at Minnesota and Chicago. In Week 16, Green Bay is at the Vikings and on MNF for the second time. Green Bay will close out the regular season against the Lions for the fourth straight year and the fifth time in the last six seasons.
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– PRESEASON –
Date Opponent Time (CT) TV
Thu., Aug. 8 HOUSTON TEXANS (Gold Pkg.) 7 p.m. Packers TV Network/Telemundo Wisconsin
(Midwest Shrine Game)
Thu., Aug. 15 at Baltimore Ravens 6:30 p.m. Packers TV Network/Telemundo Wisconsin
TBD vs. Oakland Raiders (location TBD) TBD Packers TV Network/Telemundo Wisconsin
Thu., Aug. 29 KANSAS CITY CHIEFS 7 p.m. Packers TV Network/Telemundo Wisconsin
(Bishop’s Charities Game)
– REGULAR SEASON –
Date Opponent Time (CT) TV
Thu., Sept. 5 at Chicago Bears 7:20 p.m. NBC
Sun., Sept. 15 MINNESOTA VIKINGS 12 p.m. FOX
Sun., Sept. 22 DENVER BRONCOS (Gold Pkg.) 12 p.m. FOX
Thu., Sept. 26 PHILADELPHIA EAGLES 7:20 p.m. FOX/NFLN/Amazon
Sun., Oct. 6 at Dallas Cowboys *3:25 p.m. FOX
Mon., Oct. 14 DETROIT LIONS 7:15 p.m. ESPN
Sun., Oct. 20 OAKLAND RAIDERS (Gold Pkg.) *12 p.m. CBS
Sun., Oct. 27 at Kansas City Chiefs *7:20 p.m. NBC
Sun., Nov. 3 at Los Angeles Chargers *3:25 p.m. CBS
Sun., Nov. 10 CAROLINA PANTHERS *12 p.m. FOX
Sun., Nov. 17 BYE
Sun., Nov. 24 at San Francisco 49ers *3:25 p.m. FOX
Sun., Dec. 1 at New York Giants *12 p.m. FOX
Sun., Dec. 8 WASHINGTON REDSKINS *12 p.m. FOX
Sun., Dec. 15 CHICAGO BEARS *12 p.m. FOX
Mon., Dec. 23 at Minnesota Vikings 7:15 p.m. ESPN
Sun., Dec. 29 at Detroit Lions *12 p.m. FOX
“Flexible scheduling” will again be used in Weeks 11-17. In Weeks 11-16, the schedule lists the games tentatively set for Sunday Night Football on NBC. Only Sunday afternoon games are eligible to be moved to Sunday night, in which case the tentatively scheduled Sunday night game would be moved to an afternoon start time. A flexible scheduling move would be announced at least 12 days before the game. For Week 17, the Sunday night game will be announced no later than six days prior to December 29. The schedule does not list a Sunday night game in Week 17, but an afternoon game with playoff implications will be moved to that time slot. Flexible scheduling ensures quality matchups in all Sunday time slots in those weeks and gives “surprise” teams a chance to play their way into primetime. Flexible scheduling will not be applied to games airing on Thursday or Monday nights.
Sunday night games in Weeks 5-16 are subject to change.
SCHEDULE NOTES …
at Chicago, Sept. 5, 7:20 p.m. CT (NBC) – It is the third time in five years that the Packers have opened the season against the Bears (at Chicago in 2015, vs. Chicago in 2018)… Marks the 14th consecutive regular season that the Packers and Bears have squared off in primetime…It is the third time in the last nine seasons (2011 and 2014) that Green Bay will play in the NFL’s Thursday night regular-season opener…Including a 2010 playoff victory at Chicago, Green Bay has won 20 of the last 25 meetings between the rivals at Soldier Field…Six of the last seven games between the two at Soldier Field have been decided by single digits.
vs. Minnesota, Sept. 15, 12 p.m. CT (FOX) – Including playoffs, Green Bay has a 7-3-2 mark (.667) against the Vikings at Lambeau Field since 2008…The Packers have scored 23-plus points in 11 of the last 13 home games vs. Minnesota…Green Bay is 4-1-1 the last six home September contests against the Vikings…It is the second consecutive year that the Packers have hosted the Vikings in Week 2.
vs. Denver, Sept. 22, 12 p.m. CT (FOX) – The Packers are 5-0-1 all-time against the Broncos at home…Green Bay has won three of the last four regular-season games against Denver…It is the Broncos’ first visit to Lambeau Field since 2011, a 49-23 Packer victory…The Packers have scored 30-plus points in all five home wins.
vs. Philadelphia, Sept. 26, 7:20 p.m. CT (FOX/NFLN/Amazon) – Packers have won five of the last six against the Eagles in the regular and postseason, including two of three in Green Bay…It is the first time the Packers have played Philadelphia in a Thursday night game…Also the first time Green Bay has played two Thursday games in the month of September.
at Dallas, Oct. 6, 3:25 p.m. CT (FOX) – It is the seventh matchup between the two teams in the regular and postseason since 2013, with Green Bay holding a 5-1 record in those contests…Playing at Dallas in Week 5 for the second time in three seasons…Including the playoffs, Green Bay is 3-0 against Dallas at AT&T Stadium.
vs. Detroit, Oct. 14, 7:15 p.m. CT (ESPN) – Marks the 27th consecutive season (1993-2019) that Green Bay is appearing on Monday Night Football…Green Bay has won six of its last eight home games on MNF…Sixth time in the last seven seasons the Packers have played at Lambeau Field on MNF…Including a 1994 playoff victory, the Packers are 25-3 against the Lions in the state of Wisconsin since 1992.
vs. Oakland, Oct. 20, 12 p.m. CT (CBS) – It starts a stretch of three straight games against AFC West teams, the first time the Packers have had three straight games against AFC teams since playing the AFC West in 2003 in Weeks 15-17…Dating back to 1990, the Packers are 7-0 against the Raiders…Green Bay has scored 30-plus points in each of the last four contests…It is only the second time (at Oakland, 1976) the two teams have played in the month of October.
at Kansas City, Oct. 27, 7:20 p.m. CT (NBC) – It will be the 12th regular-season game between the Packers and Chiefs, but the first Sunday night matchup between the two…Green Bay has won two of the last three games against Kansas City…It is the third time the two have faced off in primetime, having previously played two games on MNF (1993, 2015).
at Los Angeles Chargers, Nov. 3, 3:25 p.m. CT (CBS) – While it’s the first time the Packers will play the Chargers since they moved to Los Angeles, it is the seventh away game against the Chargers, and Green Bay has won the previous six…One of six games the Packers have against 2018 playoff teams (Chicago twice, Philadelphia, Dallas, Kansas City), with four of those contests taking place on the road…The Packers are 10-1 all-time vs. Chargers, a .909 winning percentage that is tops by Green Bay versus any team.
vs. Carolina, Nov. 10, 12 p.m. CT (FOX) – Four of the last five matchups between the two teams have been decided by eight points or less…The Packers are 9-6 overall against Carolina, with wins in six of the last 10 (including playoffs)…Green Bay is 4-2 at home against Carolina in the regular and postseason, including a win in the last matchup at Lambeau in 2014…The Packers have scored 30-plus points in five of the six home games against the Panthers.
at San Francisco, Nov. 24, 3:25 p.m (FOX) – It is the first of two straight road games for the Packers, marking the second straight year they played on the road in the first two games after the bye week…Second game for Green Bay at Levi’s Stadium (2015)…Dating back to 1996, Green Bay is 11-2 against San Francisco during the regular season.
at New York Giants, Dec. 1, 12 p.m. (FOX) – It is the second straight year Green Bay will play at MetLife Stadium, having defeated the New York Jets in overtime last season in December in Week 16 (44-38)…It is the first time since 2013 that the Packers will face the Giants at MetLife Stadium.
vs. Washington, Dec. 8, 12 p.m. (FOX) – The Packers have won four straight home games against the Redskins, outscoring Washington 122-43 in those contests…It is the first time the Redskins have played at Lambeau in December…Packers Head Coach Matt LaFleur coached quarterbacks for Washington from 2010-13.
vs. Chicago, Dec. 15, 12 p.m. CT (FOX) – Green Bay has won nine of the last 11 meetings against the Bears at Lambeau Field…The Packers have outscored Chicago, 299-157, in the last 11 home games, scoring 20-plus points in nine of those contests…It is the first time since 2010 that the Packers-Bears game at Lambeau Field will not be in primetime…Green Bay is 10-2 all-time at home against the Bears in December/January games.
at Minnesota, Dec. 23, 7:15 p.m. (ESPN) – The Packers last played two Monday games in the same regular season in 2009…It is Green Bay’s first MNF game at Minnesota in December since 1999…Of the past 33 regular-season meetings between the teams, 22 of those games have been decided by seven points or less…The Packers have a 28-29 record in away games against the Vikings.
at Detroit, Dec. 29, 12 p.m. CT (FOX) – The Packers lead the regular-season series, 98-72-7 (.576), and have won both postseason contests the two have played…Green Bay’s 98 wins over the Lions are the most the Packers have against any team…Dating back to 2007, Green Bay has won five of seven games played between the two in Week 17, with the winning team scoring 30-plus points in each of those games.