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10 things to know about the Green Bay Packers' 2023 schedule

Early bye, primetime action highlight this year’s slate

Head Coach Matt LaFleur
Head Coach Matt LaFleur

GREEN BAY – The Packers' 2023 schedule is here…officially. Here are 10 things to know:

1. The Jordan Love era beckons at Soldier Field.

After a dominant 15-year run over Chicago with Aaron Rodgers at quarterback, the Packers will hand the keys to Love when they open the season against the Bears on Sept. 10 at 3:25 p.m. CT.

It's the 25th time Green Bay has played its oldest rival in Week 1.

In addition to owning a 105-95-6 record against Chicago, the Packers passed the Bears last season for the most wins in NFL history (790).

Green Bay and Chicago are not locked in for a primetime game this season. If the rivals' Week 18 matchup isn't flexed, that would snap the 17-year streak of the Packers and Bears meeting in primetime.

Coincidentally, the last time the two teams opened and closed the season against one another was the same 2006 campaign that primetime streak began – with a flexed game in the regular-season finale.

2. The Packers will make history in the opener.

While it's not unprecedented for a team to routinely start its season away from home – the Miami Dolphins once opened on the road 13 years in a row from 1976-88 – the 2023 campaign marks the first time in team history the Packers have gone five years without hosting a Week 1 game at Lambeau Field.

Since Matt LaFleur was named head coach, the Packers have opened at Chicago (in 2019), Minnesota twice (in 2020 and last year), and Jacksonville (in 2021, vs. New Orleans) before this year's return engagement with the Bears at Soldier Field.

"That's something I thought was going to change," said LaFleur in an interview with's Larry McCarren. "There's nothing like having an opening day game at your home stadium with your crowd behind you, but again, the schedule makers said that's not the case and we'll be prepared to play against a Chicago Bears team that certainly looks on paper much improved. It'll be a great challenge for us."

Over the past decade, only twice have the Packers opened the season at home: hosting Seattle in 2017 and Chicago in 2018, the latter being at the request of the organization to commemorate its 100th season.

3. Green Bay is staying in the primetime spotlight.

Despite Rodgers' departure, the Packers remain a big draw for the league and its TV affiliates.

Green Bay has once again been booked for the maximum of five primetime games. The Packers will host Detroit on Thursday Night Football Sept. 28, before playing their first game at Allegiant Stadium against the Las Vegas Raiders on Monday Night Football the following week.

The other three primetime games are all slated for December – vs. Kansas City on Sunday Night Football in Week 13, at the New York Giants on Monday Night Football in Week 14, and then another Sunday night tilt at Minnesota on New Year's Eve.

The Packers are scheduled for just two 3:25 p.m. games (Week 1 at Chicago and Week 7 at Denver). Eight matchups are tentatively scheduled for noon.

4. Week 4 isn't the only Thursday game Green Bay will play against the Lions.

No, the Packers also are headed back to Detroit to play on Thanksgiving, their first holiday foray at Ford Field since 2013.

Prior to that, Green Bay had alternated years traveling to face the Lions on Thanksgiving, with trips to the Motor City in 2011, 2009 and 2007. The Packers have played Detroit on Thanksgiving 36 times since 1934, fashioning a 14-20-2 record.

"I do think it's very special," said LaFleur, a native of Mount Pleasant. Mich. "You're the only game on television in that time slot. Growing up in Michigan and just my family, it does bring back a lot of memories. My only other experience playing on Thanksgiving Day is when I was coaching in Washington. We went down to Dallas and thankfully we beat them, so hopefully we follow suit here in Green Bay."

Interestingly enough, Week 4 will be only the second time Detroit has played a Thursday Night game, which began in 2006. The Lions' lone previous appearance came in a 27-23 loss to the Packers in 2015, a game remembered for Rodgers throwing a 61-yard Hail Mary to Richard Rodgers to win the game on the last play.

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5. The Packers have an early bye and quiet midseason stretch.

After having the two latest byes in franchise history, the Packers are back on the early side of the spectrum with a Week 6 break following the Monday night matchup with the Raiders.

Since the league expanded the regular season to 17 games three years ago, Weeks 5-6 are the earliest a team can have a bye. The Packers opted against taking a Week 6 bye last year after their game against the New York Giants in London. The Packers' trip to Las Vegas represents Green Bay's only game over a span of 22 days.

6. Love's Lambeau debut will come after back-to-back road trips.

Green Bay starts with back-to-back road games for just the third time in franchise history, as the Packers will travel to Atlanta following the opener in Chicago.

The only two other instances of back-to-back road matchups occurred 92 years part.

In 2016, the Packers kicked off the season at Jacksonville before opening U.S. Bank Stadium against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 2. In 1924, Green Bay played at the Duluth Kelleys and Chicago Cardinals before playing its next five games at City Stadium.

Love will have to wait until Week 3 against the New Orleans Saints to lead the Packers out from the Lambeau Field tunnel for the first time as Green Bay's starting QB.

7. The Packers don't play more than two consecutive games away from Lambeau.

Green Bay's schedule is fairly balanced. Besides the first two weeks, the Packers only play one other time on the road in consecutive weeks (at Carolina on Christmas Eve and at Minnesota on New Year's Eve).

The Packers play two back-to-back home series: vs. Saints and Lions in Weeks 3-4, and vs. Minnesota and the Los Angeles Rams in Weeks 8-9.

8. Green Bay won't play a returning playoff team until Oct. 29.

The Packers' Week 8 meeting with Minnesota will mark Green Bay's first matchup in 2023 against a team that advanced to the postseason last year.

The Packers will play four other 2022-23 playoff teams: the defending Super Bowl champion Chiefs, Chargers, Giants and Buccaneers.

9. The Packers will see a familiar face during their maiden voyage to Vegas.

Six-time Pro Bowl receiver Davante Adams will be awaiting his former team at Allegiant Stadium on Oct. 9.

The three-time All-Pro played his first eight seasons in Green Bay, catching 669 passes for 8,121 yards and 73 touchdowns. Adams ranks in the top five in all three categories in Packers history.

10. The preseason slate is (almost) set…and the gold package, too.

Green Bay will open the preseason against Cincinnati at 6 p.m. CT on Friday, Aug. 11, before playing back-to-back exhibition games against the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks.

The Packers host the Patriots at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 19, before playing Seattle on Saturday, Aug. 26, in a rare noon preseason start. LaFleur has stated Green Bay will practice against one of its preseason opponents this summer.

This year's gold package games are scheduled to be the preseason finale vs. Seattle, the Thursday night tilt against Detroit on Sept. 28, and the noon contest vs. the Los Angeles Chargers on Nov. 19.


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