NFL schedule released, Packers at home early

Matt LaFleur is going to get plenty of national exposure in his first year as Green Bay Packers head coach.

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The NFL released the 2019 schedules Wednesday night and the Packers are slotted for five games in prime time, including the previously announced Thursday season opener at Chicago to open the NFL’s 100th season.

Green Bay also will play on Thursday night against Philadelphia in Week 5, on Sunday night at Kansas City in Week 8 and has two Monday night affairs, Week 6 vs. Detroit and Week 16 at Minnesota.

LaFleur was set up nicely to begin his Green Bay career, as the Packers will play five of their first seven games at home. Of course, this also means four of Green Bay’s final six games are on the road, all coming after the team’s bye week, which is in Week 11.

For the third consecutive season, the Packers will end their year against the Detroit Lions.

The complete schedule (all times CT):

Week 1: Sept. 5 at Chicago Bears, 7:20 p.m.

Week 2: Sept. 15 vs. Minnesota Vikings, 12 p.m.

Week 3: Sept. 22 vs. Denver Broncos, 12 p.m.

Week 4: Sept. 26 vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 7:20 p.m.

Week 5: Oct. 6 at Dallas Cowboys, 3:25 p.m.

Week 6: Oct. 14 vs. Detroit Lions, 7:15 p.m.

Week 7: Oct. 20 vs. Oakland Raiders, 12 p.m.

Week 8: Oct. 27 at Kansas City Chiefs, 7:20 p.m.

Week 9: Nov. 3 at Los Angeles Chargers, 3:25 p.m.

Week 10: Nov. 10 vs. Carolina Panthers, 12 p.m.

Week 11: Nov. 18 BYE

Week 12: Nov. 24 at San Francisco 49ers, 3:25 p.m.

Week 13: Dec. 1 at New York Giants, 12 p.m.

Week 14: Dec. 8 vs. Washington Redskins, 12 p.m.

Week 15: Dec. 15 vs. Chicago Bears, 12 p.m.

Week 16: Dec. 23 at Minnesota Vikings, 7:15 p.m.

Week 17: Dec. 29 at Detroit Lions, 12 p.m.