Packers Schedule Analysis: The March to 16-0 (but probably 11-5 or 10-6)
The 2013 NFL schedule was released Thursday night and it included three Sunday night games and a Monday night game for the Green Bay Packers.
Here’s everything else you need to know about the Packers 2013 schedule (or at least everything I could think of and lift from other people on Twitter):
- The Packers once again open the season against the 49ers, this time on the road. We’ll find out right away if Dom Capers has learned how to stop Colin Kaepernick and the read-option.
- Need an excuse to eat turkey for breakfast? The Packers play the Lions at 11:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving. I say stuff your face with food early, watch the game, then eat leftovers for dinner.
- Let’s hope the Packers injury luck is better than last season. Green Bay’s bye comes in week four. That’s early.
- We’ll find out a lot about the Packers right away. Their first three games are against 2012 playoff teams (@49ers, vs. Redskins and @Bengals).
- After those first three games, the Packers get a bye, play a non-playoff team (the Lions, who are barely an NFL team, let alone a playoff team) and get right back into the grind with a week six matchup against the Super Bowl champion Ravens.
- Plenty of variety in kickoff times. The Packers have seven noon games, four night games, four 3:25 p.m. games and 11:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving.
- The Packers play three night games in 22 days (Oct. 27 @Vikings, Nov. 4 vs. Bears and Nov. 17 @Giants).
- There are no back-to-back road games for the Packers.
- Greg Jennings will return to Lambeau Field wearing a Vikings uniform in week 12 on Nov. 24.
- The last three games could be brutal for the Packers: @Cowboys, vs. Steelers and @Bears.
- The last seven Super Bowl champions played the NFC East. The Packers play the NFC East this season. Hmmmm….
- Based on the schedule, it sounds like Packers training camp will open on Friday, July 26.
- My wife and I are supposed to have our first child on Oct. 5. It looks like we may have to induce labor during the bye week to ensure that we don’t miss any Packers games.
Well, there you have it. Now you can plan your fall and winter schedules around Packers games.
The Packers 2013 schedule definitely isn’t easy. Then again, it’s way too early to definitively say who is going to be good and who will stink.
But with seven games against playoff teams from a season ago, along with the Bears, Steelers and Cowboys on the schedule, I think it’s safe to say that the Packers have a tough slate in 2013.
Let us know what you think of the schedule in the comments. Do you see any losses anywhere on the schedule? Do you like it when the Packers play on Thanksgiving? Would you rather play the 49ers later in the season? Which team that was bad in 2012 might give the Packers trouble in 2013? Who wants to text me play-by-play if my wife goes into labor during a game?——————