Green Bay Packers tight end Tom Crabtree (83) pushes through Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher (59) to score a touchdown during the preseason game at Lambeau Field. The Packers will again host the Chiefs this coming preseason. Mandatory Credit: Mary Langenfeld-US PRESSWIRE

Preseason football on its way

Preseason football. It’s that time of the NFL season when fans wonder why – why they have so many practice games that don’t mean a thing and why they should care.

Well, there are reasons for preseason and it’s an important time in the development of the team that will hit the field in September.

Frankly, I love training camp and preseason games. It’s the only time of the year when you will see some players on the field and it’s a time when you can watch the stars of tomorrow.

So, with that in mind, today the Green Bay Packers posted the 2012 preseason schedule which gives the team two home games, the Cleveland Browns and Kansas City Chiefs, and two games away from Lambeau Field, at San Diego and at Cincinnati.

The league plans to release the regular season schedule near the end of this month, but in the meantime, take the time to enjoy the press release offered by the Packers’ PR department today.

PACKERS’ 2012 PRESEASON OPPONENTS ANNOUNCED

 The Green Bay Packers’ preseason schedule kicks off Aug. 9 with a nationally televised contest at the San Diego Chargers. The preliminary schedule was communicated by the National Football League on Wednesday.

Date Opponent

Time

TV

Aug. 9 at San Diego Chargers

7 p.m.

ESPN

Aug. 16-19 CLEVELAND BROWNS (Gold pkg.)

TBA

WGBA/state

       Midwest Shrine Game

Aug. 23-26 at Cincinnati Bengals

TBA

WGBA/state

Aug. 30-31 KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

Bishop’s Charities Game

TBA

 

WGBA/state

Specific dates and times to be announced

ESPN will broadcast the preseason opener against the San Diego Chargers to a national audience. This is the first preseason trip to Qualcomm Stadium since 2006 and fourth all-time preseason meeting, including the 1980 Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio. The Packers hosted the Chargers at Lambeau Field in 2005. Over the past 20 preseasons, the Packers have appeared on national TV at least once in 19 of those years.

In Week 2 of the preseason, Green Bay will host the Cleveland Browns, in the fourth consecutive preseason matchup between the two clubs. This will be the third trip to Lambeau Field for the Browns in the last four years after playing in Cleveland last season. The game is designated as the 63rd annual Upper Midwest Shrine Game, a tradition which began in 1950 and has raised more than $3.4 million for the Midwest Shrine’s burn centers and hospitals for crippled children. The Packers have won 10 of the last 13 contests in the Shrine series.

In Week 3, the Packers will travel to Cincinnati and face the Bengals, the lone 2011 playoff qualifier on the preseason schedule. This marks the 17th preseason meeting between the Packers and Bengals and first at Paul Brown Stadium since 2006.

The preseason concludes with a home contest against the Kansas City Chiefs, the third straight year the teams have met in the preseason finale and second consecutive year at Lambeau Field. This game marks the 52nd annual Bishop’s Charities Game, a charitable contest initiated in 1961 by Vince Lombardi and the Diocese of Green Bay that has raised more than $3.5 million to date. 

Except for the San Diego game, the exact dates and times for the remaining three Packers’ preseason contests are to be determined. Those games will be aired on Green Bay’s WGBA-TV (Ch. 26), in conjunction with Milwaukee’s WTMJ-TV, over a nine-station network throughout the state of Wisconsin, Northeastern Minnesota and the Quad Cities in Iowa.

In addition to WGBA-TV and WTMJ-TV, the games are televised over WKOW/ABC, Madison, Wis.; WAOW/ABC, Wausau/Rhinelander, Wis.; WXOW/ABC, La Crosse, Wis.; WQOW/ABC, Eau Claire, Wis.; WYOW/ABC, Eagle River, Wis.; KQDS-TV/FOX, Duluth, Minn.; and KGCW/CW, Quad Cities in Iowa.

The preseason broadcast team includes Kevin Harlan (play-by-play) and Rich Gannon (analyst).

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