GREEN BAY, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – In 23 days, the Green Bay Packers will line up against their arch-rival Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium to kick off the 2020 NFL season, with no fans in attendance.
That game will be broadcast exclusively in Western Wisconsin on FOX 25/48 at 12 noon, following by the highly anticipated debut of Tom Brady in a 3:25 p.m. clash between Tampa Bay and the Drew Brees led-New Orleans Saints.
Head coach Matt LaFleur gave his players their first taste of Lambeau Field with a practice inside the stadium Thursday morning to acclimate his team to the home environment with no fans they’ll experience against the Detroit Lions on September 20.
It was an eye-opener for new players like first-round draft pick Jordan Love. In a typical season, Green Bay would be hosting Cleveland Browns at Lambeau Field this week in the NFL’s second exhibition contest. COVID-19 wiped out all preseason games, but so far NFL teams are adapting and faring well with strict testing and health protocols.
“That was awesome, just coming out of the tunnel and seeing it,” Love said. “It’s a lot bigger than I thought it was, but finally getting the first practice in there was a crazy feeling.”
Love also said he’s learning on the fly and absorbing everything he can from starter Aaron Rodgers and backup Tim Boyle, getting more comfortable with every rep he gets.
“Definitely been a lot for me just in terms of learning the playbook and trying to get a grasp on that right now,” Love said. “But that quarterback room, it’s a great room, great environment to be around. I got two dudes that I can learn from. I’ve learned a lot so far from them and will continue to do that.”
The intensity of training camp builds in these final three weeks. There are schemes to install and refine. Plays to rehearse and perfect. Conditioning to hone and chemistry to develop. Players to evaluate and roster decisions to be made.
The Packers resume practice on Saturday morning.