The Packers and Raiders have some connections, but the focus of Friday's preseason game is player evaluation.
The Packers' preseason game on Friday night is a homecoming of sorts for a handful of people. Several players on the roster of the Packers' opponents, the Oakland Raiders, started their NFL careers with the Packers and will be returning for the first time as visitors. GM Reggie McKenzie worked for many years in the Green Bay front office.
Oh, and there's Charles Woodson, who made his own homecoming to Oakland last year but is back in Green Bay in silver and black for the first time since his seven-year stint with the Pack.
Those storylines might dominate the lead-up to the game, but once the pads go on it's all about player evaluation and getting the starting offense up to speed. The starters will play more than the two series they ran in St. Louis a week ago, but how much more remains to be seen. The cut-down from 90 players to 75 is only a few days away, so Mike McCarthy and Ted Thompson will need to see a lot of the reserves as well to help them make some tough decisions.
That's the background on Friday's game - here's the rest of the information you need to get ready for it.
Green Bay, Wisconsin
Friday, August 22nd, 2014
7:00 PM Central Time
Nationally televised on CBS (check local listings)
Packers Radio Network
Online Streaming (Replay only)
As always, do not bet on preseason games.
Packers are favored by 7 points
Players we know for certain will miss the game are:
WR Jared Abbrederis
TE Brandon Bostick
TE Colt Lyerla (recently placed on IR)
OL Don Barclay
RB Rajion Neal
DL Letroy Guion
ILB Joe Thomas
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