Hot off the Press: Packers' 2009 Schedule
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- The Green Bay Packers' 2009 schedule is out, and it features a pair of Monday night games, not to mention the opening-game showdown with the Chicago Bears and their new weapon -- quarterback Jay Cutler.
The Bears open the season in a nationally televised game from Lambeau Field Sunday night, Sept. 13.
The Packers have a 4-0 record in prime-time season openers going into the matchup with their NFC North Division rivals. It promises to be an interesting matchup of the Bears' new Pro Bowl quarterback and second-year starter Aaron Rodgers of the Packers.
When the league released the full schedule Tuesday, it also included the Monday night games at defending NFC North champ Minnesota Oct. 5 and at home against Baltimore Dec. 7.
After the Vikings game, the Packers will have their earliest bye week since 1999 before returning to play Detroit at Lambeau Field Oct. 18.
The Lions, of course, are coming off an 0-16 season and haven't won at Green Bay since 1991.
Wisconsin-native quarterback Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys play in Green Bay Nov. 15.
The Packers finish the season with three out of four games on the road in what shapes up as their toughest stretch, starting with the game at Chicago Dec. 13.
The Packers then play the defending Super Bowl champion Steelers in Pittsburgh Dec. 20, before facing Seattle in Green Bay Dec. 27 and then playing at Super Bowl runnerup Arizona Jan. 3.
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