The Green Bay Packers have their first road trip of the year this week as they will face the Oakland Raiders on Friday night at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. Last week, the Packers were able to come away with a 51-34 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers and they improved their preseason record to 2-0. This game will be one to watch for Packers fans because the team will be reunited with Jordy Nelson who signed with the Raiders during the offseason.
Here’s a look at how to watch Friday’s Packers game vs the Steelers.
When: Friday at 8:30 p.m. CT
TV: Packers TV Network (local) NFL Network (national/tape delay at 10 p.m.)
Online: NFL Game Pass
Radio: WTMJ-620 AM (local)
The Packers TV Network includes stations in Wisconsin, Upper Michigan, northeastern Minnesota, Peoria in Illinois, the Quad Cities, Cedar Rapids-Waterloo and
Des Moines in Iowa, Omaha in Nebraska, Sioux Falls in South Dakota and Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau in Alaska. The broadcast team consists of Kevin Harlan, former Packers receiver James Lofton and Lance Allan WTMJ-TV.
The changes the Packers made started with the coaching staff as the team brought back Joe Philbin to be the offensive coordinator and they also hired Mike Pettine to be the defensive coordinator. Philbin ran the Packers offense from 2007-2011 and each year the Packers were ranked in the top 10 in total offense and scoring offense. Pettine previously was the defensive coordinator for the New York Jets (2009-2012) and the Buffalo Bills (2013), and each year the defense was ranked in top 10 in yards allowed.
The Packers will also have some new players on the roster with the signings of Jimmy Graham, Muhammad Wilkerson and Tramon Williams. Graham led all NFL tight ends in touchdowns last season with 10. Wilkerson only recorded 12 sacks in 2015 but has only posted eight sacks the last two seasons. Williams was with the Packers from 2007-2014 before joining the Cleveland Browns and Arizona Cardinals. In 2017, Williams had a productive season with the Cardinals, registering two interceptions and 10 passes defended.
But the one addition that’s the most interesting is the acquisition of DeShone Kizer. Notre Dame alum started 15 games for the Cleveland Browns last year and completed 53 percent of his passes while throwing for 2,894 yards, 11 touchdowns and 22 interceptions. The Packers traded for Kizer and the Browns received Damarious Randall. Both teams also swapped draft picks in the fourth and fifth round.
Kizer will be competing with Brett Hundley for the backup QB position. Hundley started nine games for the Packers last year and he completed 61 percent of his passes while throwing for 1,679 yards, eight touchdowns and nine interceptions, and recorded a 3-6 record. Tim Boyle is also in the mix after throwing two touchdowns in the Packers first preseason win vs. the Tennessee Titans.
One thing to note about Friday’s game is Aaron Rodgers won’t play and his preseason is done. He finished the preseason with 35 passing yards and one touchdown.