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The games that won't count

by Mark Daniels

The Green Bay Packers announced their 2014 Pre-Season schedule today, a month of dress rehearsals before playing the games that count. That's not to say these exercises aren't important. August is when the system fine tuning takes place on offense, defense and the special teams, making sure the plays are being run correctly. It's also the month when General Manager Ted Thompson and Head Coach Mike McCarthy have to make the correct decisions on who stays and who goes. Determining the final 53 man roster is the top priority of every pre-season.

The Packers will play the first two games on the road, and the last two at Lambeau Field. Here's the slate:

August 7-10 at Tennessee Titans. Packers TV Network

August 14-18 at St. Louis Rams. Packers TV Network

August 22 Oakland Raiders 7:00 PM CBS

August 28 Kansas City Chiefs TBD Packers TV Network

After playing the Titans for 8 straight years in the Pre-Season, the two teams took a break for a couple of years. This will be the first matchup since 2009. It's the second straight year the Packers will travel to St. Louis, and it's also the first time in 11 years the first two exhibitions are on the road. The Oakland game is firm, a Friday night on national television. It will mark the return to Lambeau of former Packers Charles Woodson and wide receiver James Jones, who departed this spring to play for GM Reggie McKenzie's Black and Silver. Unfortunately, it's also the opening night of the High School Football season in Wisconsin. The Pre-Season finale will be against another Thompson protoge'. GM John Dorsey, coach Andy Reid and the Chiefs will come to town to face the Pack for the fifth consecutive year. The firm dates and times will be released later. The 2014 Regular Season schedule is expected right around the NFL draft, pushed back to May 8-10 this year. There was one report this week that had the Packers playing the Bills in Buffalo on a Monday night this fall.