Green Bay Packers go prime time five times in 2014


Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will lead his team to Seattle in the 2014 NFL Season Opener, one of five prime time games this season for Green Bay. Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports photograph

Barring being bumped by flex scheduling like the Green Bay Packers were in 2013, the Team 94 unit will be featured in five regular season prime time tilts in 2014.

It all starts Thursday, Sept. 4, when the Packers travel to Seattle to take on the NFL Champion Seahawks.

In addition to the opener, the Packers host Minnesota in another Thursday night affair Oct. 2; they play at New Orleans in a Sunday night game Oct. 26; after a week nine bye, the Packers will host the Chicago Bears in week 10, Sunday, Nov. 9; and they finish out in prime time when they host Atlanta Monday, Dec. 8.

That gives the Packers two Thursday night games, two Sunday-nighters, and one on Monday night.

And these just aren’t your average games, beginning with the opener at Seattle. While it’s important to win every game, this is one game that could be pivotal for the Packers in 2014. If the Packers beat the world champs in their own stadium in the season opener with the entire world watching – WOW! What a statement that would be by this organization.

Hosting the Vikings on the second night of October will challenge the Packers’ preparations with the quick turnaround from the Sept. 28 game at Chicago.

And if you want challenges, especially for the defense, then the Packers will certainly face it when they have to travel to The Big Easy and try to stop a future Hall-of-Famer Drew Brees Oct. 26. This is one game to circle on the calendar.

It doesn’t get any easier on Nov. 9 when the Chicago Bears pay a visit to Lambeau Field … remember the last time these two teams met? For 94 years these two teams never cease to amaze. I suspect 2014 will provide more highlights.

To finish off their prime time appearances, the Packers will host the Atlanta Falcons in a Monday night game Dec. 8. If you remember, it was the Atlanta game in 2013 that was flexed out of a Sunday night game and moved to noon. My guess is that Atlanta will be better this year and the game stays in  prime time.

Here is the full schedule courtesy of …

2014 prime-time schedule

Thursday (CBS/NFLN)

Sunday (NBC)

Monday (ESPN)

Week 1

Green Bay at Seattle 1

Indianapolis at Denver

N.Y. Giants at Detroit
San Diego at Arizona

Week 2

Pittsburgh at Baltimore

Chicago at San Francisco

Philadelphia at Indianapolis

Week 3

Tampa Bay at Atlanta

Pittsburgh at Carolina

Chicago at N.Y.Jets

Week 4

N.Y. Giants at Washington

New Orleans at Dallas

New England at Kansas City

Week 5

Minnesota at Green Bay

Cincinnati at New England 2

Seattle at Washington

Week 6

Indianapolis at Houston

N.Y. Giants at Philadelphia

San Francisco at St. Louis

Week 7

N.Y. Jets at New England

San Francisco at Denver

Houston at Pittsburgh

Week 8

San Diego at Denver

Green Bay at New Orleans

Washington at Dallas

Week 9

New Orleans at Carolina

Baltimore at Pittsburgh

Indianapolis at N.Y. Giants

Week 10

Cleveland at Cincinnati

Chicago at Green Bay

Carolina at Philadelphia

Week 11

Buffalo at Miami

New England at Indianapolis

Pittsburgh at Tennessee

Week 12

Kansas City at Oakland

Dallas at N.Y.Giants

Baltimore at New Orleans

Week 13

Seattle at San Francisco 3

Denver at Kansas City

Miami at N.Y.Jets

Week 14

Dallas at Chicago

New England at San Diego

Atlanta at Green Bay

Week 15

Arizona at St. Louis

Dallas at Philadelphia

New Orleans at Chicago

Week 16

Tennessee at Jacksonville

Seattle at Arizona

Denver at Cincinnati

Week 17

No game

TBD (flex scheduling)

No game

1 Kickoff game is on NBC