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2021 NFL Schedule: NFC North

The 2021 NFL Schedule has released!! REJOICE!!

Let’s take a look at some of the key matchups, bye weeks, road trips and prime time games. NFC North plays the AFC North and NFC West this season which is brutal together. They also play one team from NFC East, NFC South and AFC West depending on their divisional place finish in 2020.

Detroit Lions

Week 1 — vs. 49ers — Sunday, September 12 — 1 p.m. ET — FOX
Week 2 — at Packers — Monday, September 20 — 8:15 p.m. ET — ESPN
Week 3 — vs. Ravens — Sunday, September 26 — 1 p.m. ET — CBS
Week 4 — at Bears — Sunday, October 3 — 1 p.m. ET — FOX
Week 5 — at Vikings — Sunday, October 10 — 1 p.m. ET — FOX
Week 6 — vs. Bengals — Sunday, October 17 — 1 p.m. ET — FOX
Week 7 — at Rams — Sunday, October 24 — 4:05 p.m. ET — FOX
Week 8 — vs. Eagles — Sunday, October 31 — 1 p.m. ET — FOX
Week 9 — BYE
Week 10 — at Steelers — Sunday, November 14 — 1 p.m. ET — FOX
Week 11 — at Browns — Sunday, November 21 — 1 p.m. ET — FOX
Week 12 — vs. Bears — Thursday, November 25 — 12:30 p.m. ET — FOX
Week 13 — vs. Vikings — Sunday, December 5 — 1 p.m. ET — CBS
Week 14 — at Broncos — Sunday, December 12 — 4:05 p.m. ET — FOX
Week 15 — vs. Cardinals — Sunday, December 19 — 1 p.m. ET — FOX
Week 16 — at Falcons — Sunday, December 26 — 1 p.m. ET — FOX
Week 17 — at Seahawks — Sunday, January 2 — 4:25 p.m. ET — FOX
Week 18 — vs. Packers — Sunday, January 9 — 1 p.m. ET — FOX

The Lions first season under new coach Dan Campbell will start off with a bang and tough start. Detroit has three (3) away divisional game by Week 5 and host the 49ers in Week 1 and Ravens in Week 3. The bye week is nice being in Week 9. There are no three game road trips or home stands but two away trips at Steelers/Browns and at Falcons/Seahawks are tough. Lions get two national tv games at least with MNF in Week 2 at Green Bay and the Thanksgiving game against the Bears (3 of last 4 seasons). Week 7 the Lions will face their former QB in LA against Stafford and the Rams. The season goes an extra week this year until January 9 ending with a game against the Packers at Ford Field. Eagles, at Falcons, at Broncos are the extra games. 9 road 8 home for the NFC North this season.

Minnesota Vikings

Week Date Opponent Location Kickoff (CT) Broadcast
PS1 13/14 Aug Denver Broncos U.S. Bank Stadium Local
PS2 20/21 Aug Indianapolis Colts U.S. Bank Stadium Local
           
1 12 Sep Cincinnati Bengals Paul Brown Stadium Noon FOX
2 19 Sep Arizona Cardinals State Farm Stadium 3:05 PM FOX
3 26 Sep Seattle Seahawks U.S. Bank Stadium 3:25 PM FOX
4 3 Oct Cleveland Browns U.S. Bank Stadium Noon CBS
5 10 Oct Detroit Lions U.S. Bank Stadium Noon FOX
6 17 Oct Carolina Panthers Bank of America Stadium Noon FOX
7 24 Oct BYE WEEK BYE WEEK
8 31 Oct Dallas Cowboys U.S. Bank Stadium 7:20 PM NBC
9 7 Nov Baltimore Ravens M&T Bank Stadium Noon FOX
10 14 Nov Los Angeles Chargers SoFi Stadium 3:05 PM FOX
11 21 Nov Green Bay Packers U.S. Bank Stadium Noon FOX
12 28 Nov San Francisco 49ers Levi’s Stadium 3:25 PM FOX
13 5 Dec Detroit Lions Ford Field Noon CBS
14 9 Dec (Thu) Pittsburgh Steelers U.S. Bank Stadium 7:15 PM FOX/NFL Network/Amazon
15 20 Dec (Mon) Chicago Bears Soldier Field 7:15 PM ESPN
16 26 Dec Los Angeles Rams U.S. Bank Stadium Noon FOX
17 2 Jan Green Bay Packers Lambeau Field 7:20 PM NBC
18 9 Jan Chicago Bears U.S. Bank Stadium Noon FOX

 

The Vikings will look to rebound after a disappointing 2020. They start with two road games at the Bengals and Cardinals followed by 3 home games. Bye is decent at Week 7. Green Bay is in Week 11 and Week 17 at Lambeau along with Bears in Week 15 and 18. Big division games late. Vikings have Sunday Night games on NBC against the Cowboys and Packers, a Monday Night game against the Bears and one Thursday night game against the Steelers. Cowboys, at Carolina, at Chargers are the extra games. Tough schedule

Green Bay Packers

Week Opponent Home/Away Stadium Date Time (CT)
1 New Orleans Saints Away Mercedes-Benz Superdome Sunday, Sep. 12 3:25 PM
2 Detroit Lions Home Lambeau Field Monday, Sep. 20 7:15 PM
3 San Francisco 49ers Away Levi’s Stadium Sunday, Sep. 26 7:20 PM
4 Pittsburgh Steelers Home Lambeau Field Sunday, Oct. 3 3:25 PM
5 Cincinnati Bengals Away Paul Brown Stadium Sunday, Oct. 10 12:00 PM
6 Chicago Bears Away Soldier Field Sunday, Oct. 17 12:00 PM
7 Washington Football Team Home Lambeau Field Sunday, Oct. 24 12:00 PM
8 Arizona Cardinals Away State Farm Stadium Thursday, Oct. 28 7:20 PM
9 Kansas City Chiefs Away Arrowhead Stadium Sunday, Nov. 7 3:25 PM
10 Seattle Seahawks Home Lambeau Field Sunday, Nov. 14 3:25 PM
11 Minnesota Vikings Away U.S. Bank Stadium Sunday, Nov. 21 12:00 PM
12 Los Angeles Rams Home Lambeau Field Sunday, Nov. 28 3:25 PM
13 BYE
14 Chicago Bears Home Lambeau Field Sunday, Dec. 12 7:20 PM
15 Baltimore Ravens Away M&T Bank Stadium Sunday, Dec. 19 12:00 PM
16 Cleveland Browns Home Lambeau Field Saturday, Dec. 25 3:30 PM
17 Minnesota Vikings Home Lambeau Field Sunday, Jan. 2 7:20 PM
18 Detroit Lions Away Ford Field Sunday, Jan. 9 12:00 PM

 

Packers get five prime time games in 2021 and start away in New Orleans. A Week 13 bye is very helpful and 3 of the last 5 at home in Lambeau could be an advantage. MNF hosting the Lions and three Sunday Night football games at San Fran, home vs Bears and home vs Vikings. One Thursday game at Arizona. The extra games are at New Orleans (woof), Washington and at Kansas City (woof). Brutal and we’ll see if it is still Mr. Rodgers neighborhood.

Chicago Bears

Week 1, 9/12: at Los Angeles Rams, 7:20 p.m. CT, NBC – Sunday Night Football

Week 2, 9/19: vs. Cincinnati Bengals, noon, FOX

Week 3, 9/26: at Cleveland Browns, noon, FOX

Week 4, 10/3: vs. Detroit Lions, noon, FOX

Week 5, 10/10: at Las Vegas Raiders, 3:05 p.m. CT, CBS

Week 6, 10/17: vs. Green Bay Packers, noon, FOX

Week 7, 10/24: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 3:25 p.m. CT, CBS

Week 8, 10/31: vs. San Francisco 49ers, noon, FOX

Week 9, 11/8: at Pittsburgh Steelers, 7:30 p.m. CT, ESPN – Monday Night Football

Week 10, 11/14: BYE

Week 11, 11/21: vs. Baltimore Ravens, noon, CBS

Week 12, 11/25: at Detroit Lions, 11:30 a.m. CT, FOX – Thanksgiving Day

Week 13, 12/5: vs. Arizona Cardinals, noon, FOX

Week 14, 12/12: at Green Bay Packers, 7:20 p.m. CT, NBC – Sunday Night Football

Week 15, 12/20: vs. Minnesota Vikings, 7:30 p.m. CT, ESPN – Monday Night Football

Week 16, 12/26: at Seattle Seahawks, 3:05 p.m., FOX

Week 17, 1/2: vs. New York Giants, noon, CBS

Week 18, 1/9/22: at Minnesota Vikings, noon, FOX

Bears get a Week 10 bye and start the season on Sunday Night Football at the Rams facing an old foe in Stafford. At Las Vegas, Giants and at Tampa (woof) are the extra games. Sunday Night at Green Bay and MNF home against Vikings in Week 15 and at Steelers in Week 9. We’ll see if Justin Fields sees the Field or if it’s the Andy Dalton show in 2021. Ending in Minnesota will be tough too.

Enjoy the 2021 season!!