Green Bay Packers: Best opponents, how they will have an impact

The Packers will open at home for the first time since the 2012 season. Plus, they are in line for a Week 8 bye.

Seattle and Green Bay have become somewhat regular opponents in recent seasons.

The Seattle Seahawks have announced their 2017 regular season schedule.

The Packers then get a rematch in week two against the defending NFC Champion Atlanta Falcons on Sunday night, September 17. The 11 days between those games makes that a mini-bye for Seattle. It's after Week 5's home game at the Los Angeles Rams.

Running back Eddie Lacy won't have to wait long for his Green Bay return.

This will mark the sixth time in six years these teams have played. The Seahawks are consistently one of the best teams in the NFC. This will be the third consecutive year in which the Packers have hosted the Seahawks, with Green Bay winning 27-17 in Week 2 of the 2015 season and 38-10 in Week 13 of last season.

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The Packers did not fare well in their 17-14 loss at Minnesota last season, turning the ball over three times and managing just 263 total yards. It'll be the regular-season debut of Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the new retractable-roofed home of the Falcons. The Vikings were the reigning NFC North championships; the Falcons are the reigning NFC champions.

Thu., Sept. 28 vs. The Falcons then took the ball but saw the game end on four-straight incomplete passes, the last of which was a clear-cut penalty by Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman, which was not called. According to the Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs, the Packers will play at Chicago on November 12.

An early-season Thursday night home game vs. archrival Chicago in Week 4 on September 28th and they're slated for just one Monday night appearance, also at home vs. Detroit in Week 9.

Here's a look at the opener.

The NFC championship rematch, scheduled for Sunday night, September 17, will be the regular-season debut of Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the Falcons' new glass-paneled, retractable-roofed $1.5 billion home. "We've had years where Nick's had an exceptional year, like last year, and I was bitten by the injury bug".


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