10 things to know about the Packers’ 2024 schedule – Packers.com

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GREEN BAY – The Packers’ 2024 schedule is here…officially. Here are 10 things to know:

  1. Yes, Green Bay got a home game after the trip to Brazil.

While Matt LaFleur will have to wait at least one more year for his team to host a regular-season opener at Lambeau Field, the Packers are back in Titletown following their Week 1 showdown with Philadelphia in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

In Week 2, Green Bay will welcome the Indianapolis Colts for a noon CT game on Sept. 15. The Packers have won 11 consecutive home openers at Lambeau Field.

“We’re excited. We’re excited to have a plan for the season,” Head Coach Matt LaFleur said. “The schedule’s the schedule. Our mindset is we gotta be our best regardless of when we play, where we play, but we are excited to be able to map out our plan.”

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It has been six years since Green Bay last played at home in Week 1 and the 10th time in the last 12 seasons that the Packers have started the season as the road team. Green Bay is the only team in the NFL to open the season as the road team each of the last six years (2019-24). Coincidentally, the Eagles are the only other team that hasn’t played at their home stadium in Week 1 in the 2020s.

  1. The schedule is heavy on noon starts early, primetime late.

Six of the Packers’ first eight games have noon CT kickoffs, including their first four home contests against Indianapolis, Minnesota (Week 4), Arizona (Week 6) and Houston (Week 7).

“Yeah, our guys better wake up with their piss hot like I’ve said before. They gotta get ready to go,” said LaFleur of the early starts. “I do think the preseason, we’ll have an early kick game (against Baltimore on Aug. 24) to get those guys acclimated with that rhythm.”

After the opener in Brazil, Green Bay won’t play another primetime game until Thanksgiving against Miami at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 28. That contest begins a stretch of four consecutive night games, with the Packers playing in Detroit (7:15 p.m. on Dec. 5), traveling to Seattle (7:20 p.m. on Sun. 15), and hosting New Orleans for Monday Night Football at 7:15 p.m. on Dec. 23.

“That will definitely be a tough four-game stretch,” said LaFleur, who doesn’t believe he’s ever coached a team with four primetime games in a row. “Going into the season, those are four teams that I think project to be very tough football teams. But it is nice to have two of those, at least, at home with San Francisco and then following it up with Miami on Thanksgiving, which is great to have a Thanksgiving night game in Lambeau.”

  1. The Packers play at home on Thanksgiving for just the third time in 101 years.

When Green Bay hosts the Dolphins, it’ll mark just the second time the Packers have hosted an opponent on Thanksgiving at Lambeau Field and third time overall in team history.

In 2015, Green Bay placed a request with the NFL to host the Chicago Bears on Thanksgiving to commemorate the organization retiring Brett Favre’s No. 4 at halftime. Chicago prevailed 17-13 in a rain-soaked affair. It remains the Bears’ most recent win in Green Bay, as the Packers have since won the past eight meetings at Lambeau Field.

Green Bay’s only other Thanksgiving home game came on Nov. 29, 1923, in a 19-0 victory over the Hammond Pros at City Stadium.

The Dolphins matchup marks the 38th time the Packers have played on Thanksgiving and the first time since 1962-63 that they’ve played on the holiday in back-to-back years after beating Detroit 29-22 in 2023.

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