Game 1: Cleveland Browns at Green Bay Packers
Game 2: Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks
Game 3: Indianapolis Colts at Green Bay Packers (ESPN – Thursday Night)
Game 4: Green Bay Packers at Kansas City Chiefs
So there it is. The first pre-season game will highlight Mike Holmgren’s return to Lambeau in his new position as President of the Cleveland Browns. Holmgren came to Cleveland for the challenge and I’m sure he hasn’t been disappointed. Turning around the God-forsaken Browns franchise will take a few years, at least, and one can expect a big change in Cleveland’s personnel from last season.
In the second game, the Packers travel to Seattle to play Holmgren’s fomer team. Seattle is now led by new head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider, who spent 12 seasons in the Packers organization.
Game 3 is a marquee matchup (for a pre-season game), as Peyton Manning and the Super Bowl runner-up Indianapolis Colts come to Lambeau Field. This game is scheduled for Thursday Night and will be televised nationally on ESPN. This will be a fantastic test for the Packers in game 3, where starters traditionally see their most playing time of any pre-season game. This game should be a good measuring stick for Dom Caper’s defense and the embattled secondary in particular. Will the secondary get torched by another top quarterback? or will the Packers have developed enough of a pass-rush to stifle manning? Can’t wait for this one! This game is also the 50th annual Bishop’s Charities Game, a charitable event started in 1961 by Vince Lombardi.
Finally, in the last pre-season game, the Packers break their 8-year love affair with the Tennessee Titans and game 4 of pre-season. Much has been written of the difference in philosophy between the Titans and most NFL Teams, as Tennessee tends to play their starters deep into the game. The result has been that the Packers have started six of the last eight seasons coming off of a loss. Does that have any psychological effect on the players? probably not, but there is certainly nothing positive about it. A change of venue has been long overdue and personally, I’m glad to see it.
Only four loooonnnnngggg months to go…
Jersey Al Bracco is the Green Bay Packers Draft Analyst for Drafttek.com. You can find more of Jersey Al ’s articles on several sports web sites: NFL Touchdown , Packers Lounge , Packer Chatters & Bleacher Report .