Packers announce 2021 NFL season schedule
The Green Bay Packers’ 2021 NFL schedule will feature 17 regular-season games and three preseason games.
It’s highlighted by five prime-time contests (subject to flexible scheduling) on the original schedule for the eighth straight year (2014-21) and 10 games against 2020 playoff teams.
The Packers will open the season at the New Orleans Saints, marking the third straight year and the seventh time in the last nine seasons Green Bay has started the season on the road.
Week 2 brings a division opponent at home for the fourth consecutive season, and for the second straight year, it will be the Detroit Lions.
The game will be on Monday Night Football and is the first of three home prime-time games against division opponents.
The Packers go back on the road in Week 3 when they travel to face the San Francisco 49ers on a Sunday night, marking the fourth consecutive season Green Bay has faced the 49ers in a prime-time contest and the third consecutive year on the road.
Over the next two weeks, Green Bay will play the first of two back-to-backs against the AFC North, welcoming the Pittsburgh Steelers to Lambeau Field in Week 4 and traveling to Cincinnati to take on the Bengals in Week 5.
The Cincinnati game will be the first of four road contests in five weeks for the Packers.
Week 6 brings a return to division play as Green Bay goes to Chicago to play the Bears.
The Packers then return to Lambeau for a Week 7 contest against the Washington Football Team before back-to-back road trips.
Green Bay will visit the Arizona Cardinals on a Thursday night in Week 8 to finish an October slate that will see the Packers play five games for the first time since 2010, and then has a trip to Kansas City to play the Chiefs in Week 9.
Green Bay plays six of its final eight regular-season games against the NFC, starting with the Seattle Seahawks in Week 10 at home.
After a trip to play the Minnesota Vikings in Week 11, Green Bay finishes the regular season with four of its last six games at home for the second straight year and the fourth time since 1940 (1969, 1977).
Green Bay hosts the Los Angeles Rams before a Week 13 bye, marking the seventh straight season the Packers will play at home heading into their bye week.
It’s the latest bye ever for Green Bay, and it is the fourth time since 1990 the Packers have had a bye in Week 10 or later (Week 11 in 2019, Week 10 in 2012 and 2010).
It will be the first time since 2017 Green Bay plays at home heading into the bye and coming out of the bye.
The matchup versus Chicago on a Sunday night in Week 14 marks the 16th consecutive regular season the Packers and Bears have squared off in a prime-time game.
In Weeks 15-16, Green Bay will finish off its slate against the AFC North with a trip to face the Baltimore Ravens and then a home game on Christmas Day against the Cleveland Browns.
It’s only the third time the Packers will play on Christmas, having hosted the Bears in 2005 and 2011.
Green Bay will end the regular season with back-to-back NFC North games for the fourth time in the last six seasons.
The Packers’ last regular-season home game is slated for a Sunday night versus the Vikings in Week 17.
For the fourth time in the last six years, Green Bay will end the regular season in Detroit.
The game at the Lions is scheduled for Sunday, but the league schedule does not list Saturday games or a Sunday night game in Week 18, and three games with playoff implications will be moved to those time slots no later than six days before January 9.
The NFL and teams are preparing to play the 2021 season as scheduled and at full stadium capacity.
The Packers plan to continue to utilize appropriate protocols and safety measures for all players, personnel and attendees based on the latest advice of medical and public-health officials, as well as in full compliance with current and future government regulations.
The Packers will be prepared to make adjustments as necessary to conduct games in as safe and efficient a manner as possible.
With the new three-game preseason schedule, the Packers will alternate between hosting one and two preseason games each year.
In conjunction with the new schedule, the team is transitioning the charity component of its preseason games.
In seasons with one preseason game, the matchup will be deemed the Green Bay Packers Give Back Game.
This year, the Packers will continue to support Bishop’s Charities and Midwest Shrine Association, traditional recipients of preseason game support, through the Packers Give Back Game, but the game now also will feature new benefiting charities from Green Bay and Southeastern Wisconsin.
In seasons that feature two preseason home games, such as this year, the second home preseason game will be the USA Football Game, which will celebrate youth football.
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Saturday, Aug. 14, Houston Texans, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 21, New York Jets (Gold Package), 3:25 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 28, at Buffalo Bills, noon.
Sunday, Sept. 12, at New Orleans Saints, 3:25 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 20, Detroit Lions, 7:15 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 26, at San Francisco 49ers, 7:20 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 3, Pittsburgh Steelers (Gold Package), 3:25 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 10, at Cincinnati Bengals, noon.
Sunday, Oct. 17, at Chicago Bears, noon.
Sunday, Oct. 24, Washington Football Team, noon.
Thursday, Oct. 28, at Arizona Cardinals, 7:20 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 7, at Kansas City Chiefs, 3:25 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 14, Seattle Seahawks, 3:25 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 21, at Minnesota Vikings, noon.
Sunday, Nov. 28, Los Angeles Rams (Gold Package), 3:25 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 5, Bye
Sunday, Dec. 12, Chicago Bears, 7:20 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 19, at Baltimore Ravens, noon.
Saturday, Dec. 25, Cleveland Browns, 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 2, Minnesota Vikings, 7:20 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 9, at Detroit Lions noon.