Ready for some football? Packers take on Raiders in preseason home opener

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GREEN BAY (WITI/AP) — The Green Bay Packers return home to play the Oakland Raiders in the team’s preseason home opener on Friday, August 22nd.

The Packers will be looking to replace the reliable production of receiver James Jones this season. He’s returning to Lambeau Field on Friday night as an Raider.

It will be the first Packers’ home game second-round draft pick Davante Adams. He’s one of the guys looking to replace Jones. The rookie had a productive career at Fresno State, where he led the nation with 131 catches last year. He also set a school career record with 38 touchdown catches.

Not only must Adams pick up the system, but he needs to get used to quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ standards. No. 1 receiver Jordy Nelson said the learning curve can be tough, though Adams and other young receivers are making progress.

The Packers and and Raiders are meeting for the first time during the preseason since 2001, when Green Bay traveled to Oakland for the
preseason finale.

This will be the ninth time the Packers have played the Raiders during the preseason. It will be the third time in nine contests that the two clubs have met at Lambeau Field. Three contests have taken place in Oakland, and one each in Los Angeles, Canton and Milwaukee.

Oakland has won each of the last two preseason games between the two, while the Packers have reeled off six straight victories against the Raiders during the regular season.

Under head coach Mike McCarthy, the Packers have only played Oakland twice during the regular season, winning both contests by a combined score of 84-23.

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