The Packers preseason opponents were announced by the team yesterday afternoon. The schedule for the 2012 preseason is as follows:
Aug. 9 @ San Diego Chargers (ESPN)
Aug. 16-19 Cleveland Browns
Aug. 23-26 @ Cincinnati Bengals
Aug. 30-31 Kansas City Chiefs
After being snubbed by the NFL and missing out on the season opener against the New York Giants, the Packers get the first primetime, national televised preseason game outside of the Hall of Fame Game on Aug. 5.
Due to it being a national televised game, the Chargers game is the only game that has a specific date and time. The dates and times for the other games will be revealed in the coming weeks.
When the team released the information, some players took to twitter to express their frustration with having to play a West Coast preseason game. Josh Sitton tweeted, “that’s terrible. West coast preseason games suck. Especially early [in] pre season!” When asked why, Sitton claimed the long flight and time change.
While the players may not be happy, it presents the Packers a chance to open their training camp before most other teams. According to NFL rules, teams can begin their camps 15 days prior to their first preseason game. The Arizona Cardinals and the New Orleans Saints will be the first to open because their Aug. 5 meeting.
The Packers camp should open on July 25 or 26. The players are likely to disappointed about starting camp earlier than most teams, but it gives the team that much more time to work before the season.
When glancing at the list of opponents, not much jumps off the screen. The Packers have played mostly AFC opponents in preseason, but usually included at least one NFC team. This year it’s all AFC opponents.
Also interesting to note is that each opponent has a stable quarterback situation. It doesn’t mean much, but the Packers defense should get some looks at established quarterbacks.
The skeleton of the NFL’s preseason being released is just a teaser for the full NFL schedule expected to be released sometime in the next two weeks. At that point, the road to Super Bowl XLVII will be properly mapped out.
Michael is a sports writer currently attending Seattle University. You can follow Michael on Twitter .