Packers' 2005 Opponents Determined

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The opponents for all 2005 regular-season games have been determined and a complete list of each team's home and away matchups was issued Monday by the NFL.

The scheduling formula implemented in 2002 with realignment guarantees that all teams play each other on a regular, rotating basis.

Under the formula, every team within a division plays 16 games as follows:

  • Home and away against its three division opponents (6 games).
  • The four teams from another division within its conference on a rotating three-year cycle (4 games).
  • The four teams from a division in the other conference on a rotating four-year cycle (4 games).
  • Two intraconference games based on the prior year's standings (2 games). These games match a first-place team against the first-place teams in the two same-conference divisions the team is not scheduled to play that season. The second-place, third-place, and fourth-place teams in a conference are matched in the same way each year.

The format takes each team through a cycle of games - home and away - against every other team in the league. Every team will play every other team at least twice - once home and once away -- between 2002 and 2009. After the 2009 season, a decision will be made on whether to continue with the same rotation or modify it.

The scheduling format includes the following elements:

  • There is an increased common-opponent emphasis with every team in a division playing against 14 common opponents.
  • All teams play each other on a regular basis, home and away, for a more consistent presentation of attractive games, eliminating the many schedule aberrations of the past.
  • Teams are guaranteed to play all non-division opponents in their conference at least once every three years, and at home at least once every six years.
  • Every AFC team plays every NFC team once every four years, and at home once every eight years.
  • A team's record from the previous year has less of a bearing on its schedule, with only two (rather than four) opponents being based on the previous year's standing. Thus, the so-called "easy" fifth-place schedules have been eliminated.
  • The division in which a team resides is less of a factor in a team's won-loss record with 10 of 16 games each year being against non-division teams.

The official 2005 schedule, with playing dates and times, will be announced in the spring.

NFL Kickoff 2005 Weekend will begin on Thursday night, September 8, and the regular season will conclude on January 1.

Wild Card Weekend will be Saturday and Sunday, January 7-8; Divisional Playoff games on the weekend of January 14-15; and the AFC and NFC Championship Games on Sunday, January 22.

Super Bowl XL at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan will be played on Sunday, February 5.

The Pro Bowl in Honolulu, Hawaii, featuring the AFC and NFC All-Stars, is set for Sunday, February 12.

2005 SCHEDULING ROTATION BY DIVISION

AFC EAST:

Intraconference AFCW

Interconference NFCS

AFC NORTH:

Intraconference AFCS

Interconference NFCN

AFC SOUTH:

Intraconference AFCN

Interconference NFCW

AFC WEST:

Intraconference AFCE

Interconference NFCE

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NFC EAST:

Intraconference NFCW

Interconference AFCW

NFC NORTH:

Intraconference NFCS

Interconference AFCN

NFC SOUTH:

Intraconference NFCN

Interconference AFCE

NFC WEST:

Intraconference NFCE

Interconference AFCS

2005 OPPONENTS

AFC EAST

Away: Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New York Jets, Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Pittsburgh Steelers, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers

2. New York Jets

Home: Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers, Jacksonville Jaguars, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Away: Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Baltimore Ravens, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers

3. Buffalo Bills

Home: Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Houston Texans, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers

Away: Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers, Cincinnati Bengals, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

4. Miami Dolphins

Home: Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Tennessee Titans, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers

Away: Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers, Cleveland Browns, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

AFC NORTH

1. Pittsburgh Steelers

Home: Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, New England Patriots, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions

Away: Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, San Diego Chargers, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings

2. Baltimore Ravens

Home: Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, New York Jets, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings

Away: Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Denver Broncos, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions

3. Cincinnati Bengals

Home: Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Buffalo Bills, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings

Away: Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Kansas City Chiefs, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions

4. Cleveland Browns

Home: Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Miami Dolphins, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions

Away: Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Oakland Raiders, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings

AFC SOUTH

1. Indianapolis Colts

Home: Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Diego Chargers, Arizona Cardinals, St. Louis Rams

Away: Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, New England Patriots, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks

2. Jacksonville Jaguars

Home: Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Denver Broncos, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks

Away: Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Jets, Arizona Cardinals, St. Louis Rams

3. Houston Texans

Home: Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Kansas City Chiefs, Arizona Cardinals, St. Louis Rams

Away: Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Buffalo Bills, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks

4. Tennessee Titans

Home: Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks

Away: Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Miami Dolphins, Arizona Cardinals, St. Louis Rams

AFC WEST

1. San Diego Chargers

Home: Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, Pittsburgh Steelers, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants

Away: Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Indianapolis Colts, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins

2. Denver Broncos

Home: Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Baltimore Ravens, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins

Away: Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, Jacksonville Jaguars, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants

3. Kansas City Chiefs

Home: Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Cincinnati Bengals, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins

Away: Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, Houston Texans, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants

4. Oakland Raiders

Home: Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants

Away: Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Tennessee Titans, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins

NFC EAST

1. Philadelphia Eagles

Home: Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Washington Redskins, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Green Bay Packers, Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers

Away: Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Washington Redskins, Arizona Cardinals, St. Louis Rams, Atlanta Falcons, Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs

2. New York Giants

Home: Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Arizona Cardinals, St. Louis Rams, Minnesota Vikings, Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs

Away: Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, New Orleans Saints, Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers

3. Dallas Cowboys

Home: New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Arizona Cardinals, St. Louis Rams, Detroit Lions, Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs

Away: New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Carolina Panthers, Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers

4. Washington Redskins

Home: Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears, Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers

Away: Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Arizona Cardinals, St. Louis Rams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs

NFC NORTH

1. Green Bay Packers

Home: Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Seattle Seahawks, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers

Away: Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Philadelphia Eagles, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals

2. Minnesota Vikings

Home: Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, St. Louis Rams, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers

Away: Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, New York Giants, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals

3. Detroit Lions

Home: Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals

Away: Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dallas Cowboys, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers

4. Chicago Bears

Home: Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, San Francisco 49ers, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals

Away: Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Washington Redskins, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers

NFC SOUTH

1. Atlanta Falcons

Home: Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles, New England Patriots, New York Jets

Away: Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Seattle Seahawks, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins

2. New Orleans Saints

Home: Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, New York Giants, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins

Away: Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, St. Louis Rams, New England Patriots, New York Jets

3. Carolina Panthers

Home: Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Dallas Cowboys, New England Patriots, New York Jets

Away: Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins

4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Home: Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Washington Redskins, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins

Away: Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, San Francisco 49ers, New England Patriots, New York Jets

NFC WEST

1. Seattle Seahawks

Home: Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, St. Louis Rams, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Atlanta Falcons, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts

Away: Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, St. Louis Rams, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Green Bay Packers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans

2. St. Louis Rams

Home: Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, New Orleans Saints, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans

Away: Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Minnesota Vikings, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts

3. Arizona Cardinals

Home: St. Louis Rams, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Carolina Panthers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans

Away: St. Louis Rams, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Detroit Lions, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts

4. San Francisco 49ers

Home: Arizona Cardinals, St. Louis Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts

Away: Arizona Cardinals, St. Louis Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Chicago Bears, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans

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