We’ve known the Green Bay Packers opponents for the 2021 season for months now, but on Wednesday we got to start filling in the when those games would take place as the NFL started to release the schedule for the new 17-game season.
While we remain unsure of who the quarterback will be this fall, we know the campaign will begin Sept. 12 in New Orleans against the Saints, with kickoff coming at 3:25 p.m. It is the second straight season that Green Bay will travel to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, though they got a reprieve last year not having to deal with too much crowd noise due to the pandemic.
Overall, this is the third straight time the Packers have opened the season on the road and the seventh time in the last nine seasons. Green Bay is 4-2 in those six road games and have won four straight.
Last year’s matchup featured two future Hall of Fame quarterbacks in Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees. With the former reportedly not wanting to return to the Packers and the latter retired, the matchup could end up as Jordan Love making his first career start against one-time Green Bay quarterback Taysom Hill or former Tampa Bay quarterback Jamis Winston.
The home opener the following week will come on Monday night as the Detroit Lions visit Lambeau Field. The Packers have won the last four matchups with their NFC North rivals.
One of the marquee games on the calendar in the NFL, assuming Rodgers is in Green Bay, will come in Week 9 when the Packers travel to face Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs.
There are also several more highlights on the home schedule, including late season Sunday night games against Chicago (Week 14) and Minnesota (Week 17). The Packers will also play on Christmas Day (Week 16) as they welcome Cleveland to town.