By Nick Freimuth
The Packers’ preseason schedule opened at Lambeau Field last week and this year features three games against NFC teams. For only the second time since 2011, the Packers kicked off their preseason slate at home, hosting the Philadelphia Eagles in the preseason for the second time in the last three years. It was the first time that Green Bay has opened the preseason against the Eagles since visiting Philadelphia in the 2002 opener. u
Green Bay will play the next two games on the road, first visiting the Washington Redskins in the preseason for the first time since 1978. This will be the first preseason meeting between the clubs since 1995, when the teams played at Lambeau Field. It will be the 26th time that Green Bay has played Washington during the preseason, the second most in team history behind only the Packers’ 30 games against the N.Y. Giants.
The Packers next travel to Denver to face the Broncos. It is Green Bay’s first preseason visit to Denver since 2008. Prior to that, the teams had not played since squaring off in four straight preseasons (1998-2001).
The Packers finish the preseason with a home game against the Los Angeles Rams, the first preseason meeting between the clubs at Lambeau Field. The only other time that the Packers hosted the Rams in the preseason came in 1994 when the teams faced off in Madison, Wis. It will be the third preseason meeting between the teams in the last five seasons.