If you don’t have Tuesday, April 16, circled on your calendar, you’re should – that’s the day when the National Football League will release its 2013 regular season schedule, which will include the schedule for the Green Bay Packers. Though the exact time for the announcement is not yet known, it’s usually mid- to late-afternoon when these types of things are released by the league.
As anticipated as Free Agency and the Draft to be held the week after the schedule comes out, the schedule release allows fans of all teams to really start feeling like it’s getting close to the start of the season.
Of course, we already know the home and away opponents the Packers will face next season, but we don’t know when the games will be played. That is the biggest part of the fun – who will the Packers face in the opener?; when will they face their divisional opponents?; and more importantly, who and where will the Packers be playing when the temperatures drop in December?
In addition to playing NFC North Division rivals Chicago, Detroit, and Minnesota home and away, the Packers will also host the Falcons, Browns, Eagles, Steelers and Redskins – what a great home schedule that is. All of these teams are sure to be much improved over last season with the Falcons and Redskins playoff teams in 2012. The Eagles, Browns and Steelers will bring a bit of old school NFL back to Lambeau.
On the road, the Packers will face both Super Bowl participants – the 49ers and Ravens should be huge tests for the Packers. In addition, the Packers will also travel to the AFC North Bengals and and NFC East opponents Cowboys and Giants. For the third straight year, the Packers travel to New York, which is also the site for next year’s Super Bowl.
So, get ready; get pumped. We surely will be here at lombardiave – we’ll be bringing you wall-to-wall coverage not only of the schedule release, but of the NFL Draft April 25-27.
The following graphic was produced by Packers.com:
- HOME: Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons, Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, Washington Redskins
- AWAY: Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, San Francisco 49ers