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Packers to open, close season against NFC North foes

The Eau Claire Leader-Telegram

The Green Bay Packers will start and end the season against bitter NFC North rivals.

The opener against the Bears, set for Thursday, Sept. 5, has been known since it was announced the pair would kick off the NFL's 100th season in late May. The remainder of the team's slate, including the concluding game against the Detroit Lions on Dec. 29, was revealed Wednesday, April 17, alongside the rest of the league's schedule.

The first Bears game is one of five prime-time appearances for the Pack, who also play at home against Philadelphia and Detroit and on the road vs. Kansas City and Minnesota under the lights.

The Packers are entering their first year under head coach Matt LaFleur and are looking to bounce back from a 6-9-1 season and a second straight campaign without a playoff appearance.

Green Bay Packers 2019 Schedule

Preseason

Aug. 8 vs. Houston Texans, 7 p.m.

Aug. 15 at Baltimore Ravens, 6:30 p.m.

Aug. 22-25 vs. Oakland Raiders, TBD

Aug. 29 vs. K.C. Chiefs, 7 p.m.

Regular Season

Sept. 5 at Chicago Bears, 7:20 p.m.

Sept. 15 vs. Minnesota Viking, noon

Sept. 22 vs. Denver, noon

Sept. 26 vs. Philadelphia, 7:20 p.m.

Oct. 6 at Dallas, 3:25 p.m.

Oct. 14 vs. Detroit, 7:15 p.m.

Oct. 20 vs. Oakland Raiders, noon

Oct. 27 at K.C. Chiefs, 7:20 p.m.

Nov. 3 at S.D. Chargers, 3:25 p.m.

Nov. 10 vs. Carolina Panthers, noon

Nov. 24 at S.F. 49ers, 3:25 p.m.

Dec. 1 at N.Y. Giants, noon

Dec. 8 vs. Washington Redskins, noon

Dec. 15 vs. Chicago Bears, Noon

Dec. 23 at Minnesota Vikings, 7:15 p.m.

Dec. 29 at Lions, noon

Minnesota Vikings

For a third straight season, the Minnesota Vikings will open at home.The NFL released the regular-season schedule Wednesday night, April 17, and Minnesota will begin Sept. 8 against Atlanta at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Before this run of openers at home, the Vikings had started the season four straight years on the road.

Minnesota Vikings 2019 Schedule

Preseason

Aug. 8 vs. Houston Texans, 7 p.m.

Aug. 9 at N.O. Saints, 7 p.m.

Aug. 18 vs. Seattle Seahawks, 7 p.m.

Aug. 24 vs. Arizona Cardinals, noon

Aug. 29 at Buffalo Bills, 6:30 p.m.

Regular Season

Sept. 8 vs. Atlanta Falcons, noon

Sept. 15 at Green Bay Packers, noon

Sept. 22 vs. Oakland Raiders, noon

Sept. 29 at Chicago Bears, 3:25 p.m.

Oct. 6 at N.Y. Giants, noon

Oct. 13 vs. Philadelphia Eagles, noon

Oct. 20 at Detroit Lions, noon

Oct. 24 vs. Wash. Redskins, 7:20 p.m.

Nov. 3 at Dallas Cowboys, 7:20 p.m.

Nov. 17 vs. Denver  Broncos, noon

Nov. 24 Bye week

Dec. 2 at Seattle Seahawks, 7:15 p.m.

Dec. 8 vs. Detroit Lions, noon

Dec. 15 at L.A. Chargers, 7:20 p.m.

Dec. 23 vs. Green Bay, 7:15 p.m.

Dec. 29 vs. Chicago, noon