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Surviving Sundays With No Packers Football

Surviving Sundays With no Packers Football

If you missed the three-hour ESPN special unveiling the NFL schedule, congratulations. I was open minded enough to give it a shot, but only managed to last about five minutes before trying to leap through my living-room window.


Three hours to unveil the NFL schedule?! I allow the NFL and the Green Bay Packers to monopolize my life from September through January. I can’t let them do the same in April.


Besides, why watch an ESPN anchor read off a cue card and a bumbling former player or two unveil the schedule in Bristol, CT, when you could just visit ALLGBP.com and find out all you need to know? Here’s a link to the NFL schedule, and below are some random thoughts on the portion of the schedule that involves the greatest franchise in the history of sports, the Packers.


  • I was hoping the Packers would play the Giants in the NFL’s Wednesday kickoff game. I didn’t care about exacting revenge for the playoff loss, but it would’ve been nice for the Packers to get 10 days off after the season opener. It turns out the Packers will get 10 days off early in the season, but it comes after playing the Bears on Thursday night in week two.
  • I’m mad that the Packers don’t have an early October home game. Those first three weeks in October are perfect for football at Lambeau.
  • The Packers should be shooting for 7-2 by the bye week. That’s assuming they’ll go 2-2 against San Francisco, Chicago, New Orleans and Houston. I wouldn’t be surprised if they go into the bye 9-0 or 8-1 (I think San Francisco comes back down to earth a little), but 7-2 would be fine.
  • The Packers generally have at least one December clunker where they lose to a bad team. The Vikings might be the bad team that beats the Packers this season. Minnesota will have two chances, the first on Dec. 2 at Lambeau and in the finale on Dec. 30. Perhaps it’ll come on Dec. 30 when the Packers are resting starters (how’s that for confidence?).
  • Speaking of that Dec. 30 game, what if it’s the Vikings’ final game in Minnesota? Do Packers and Vikings fans hug after the game and wish each other well? Do Vikings fans become Packers fans? Do Packers fans allow Vikings fans to become Packers fans? Do Packers fans continue to hate the Vikings even if they’re in Los Angeles? So many questions…


Green Bay Packers 2012 Season Schedule Released

The Official 2012 Schedule of the Green Bay Packers:

(all times are Central Time)

Time TV

Thu., Aug. 9 @ San Diego Chargers 7:00 PM ESPN
Fri., Aug. Cleveland Browns (Gold Pkg.) 7:00 PM State/WGBA
Thu., Aug @ Cincinnati Bengals 7:00 PM State/WGBA
Thu., Sep. Kansas City Chiefs (Bishop’s Charities game) 7:00 PM State/WGBA
Sun., Sept. 9 San Francisco 49ers 3:15 PM FOX
Thu., Sept. 13 Chicago Bears 7:20 PM NFLN
Mon., Sept. 24 @Seattle Seahawks 7:30 PM ESPN
Sun., Sept. 30 New Orleans Saints
3:15 PM
Sun., Oct. 7 @ Indianapolis Colts 12:00 PM FOX
Sun., Oct. 14 @ Houston Texans 7:20PM NBC
Sun., Oct. 21 @ St. Louis Rams 12:00PM FOX
Sun., Oct. 28 Jacksonville Jaguars 12:00 PM CBS
Sun., Nov. 4 Arizona Cardinals 12:00 PM FOX
Mon, Nov. 11  BYE
Sun., Nov. 18 @ Detroit Lions 12:00 PM FOX
Sun., Nov. 25 @ N.Y. Giants 7:20 PM NBC
Sun., Dec. 2 Minnesota Vikings 12:00 PM FOX
Sun., Dec. 9 Detroit Lions 7:20 PM NBC
Sun., Dec. 16 @ Chicago Bears 12:00 PM FOX
Sun., Dec. 23 Tennessee Titans 12:00 PM CBS
Sun., Dec. 30 @ Minnesota Vikings 12:00 PM FOX

For updates, changes and results, check our Schedule page.

Click here to  download a full printable schedule here.


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Packers are Really Good, but not Dominant…For Now

The Packers inability to bury a team like the Saints is one reason Green Bay isn't quite dominant.

The Green Bay Packers are 6-0 and should be 7-0 after feasting on Christian Ponder and the bumbling Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.

The Packers have been the more talented team on the field for each of their games this season, sometimes by a wide margin. But despite the Packers fast start and obvious talent superiority, I wouldn’t call this team dominant….yet.

Extremely good? Yes. Ultra-talented? Yes. The best team in the NFL? Yes. Dominant? Not quite.

Here’s why:

  • The Packers are 31st in the NFL in passing yards allowed. Opposing QBs have racked up 1,798 passing yards on Green Bay, an average of almost 300 yards per game. Passing numbers are up around the league, but this number needs to come down for the Packers to be dominant.
  • The Packers are third in Football Outsiders DVOA ratings and Pro-Football-Reference.com’s simple ratings system. I don’t put too much stock in this type of analysis this early in the season, but these numbers do tell us that the Packers are not miles ahead of everyone else like a dominant team would be.
  • A dominant team would have put away the Saints and the Panthers (and probably the Bears) much earlier than the Packers did. Instead of putting these games out of reach, the Packers let both teams hang around. A dominant team also would not have been shut out by the Rams in the second half, even if that dominant team was bored like the Packers probably were on Sunday.
  • The Packers schedule hasn’t exactly been mind-blowing. Strength of schedule is something the Packers can’t control, but it at least needs to be mentioned in this discussion. Wins over the Panthers, Rams, Broncos and (probably) Vikings aren’t going to make many people turn their heads and say “Whoa, that team sure is unstoppable.”

No, the Packers shouldn’t be labeled dominant right now, but there’s a lot of season left. They have the best QB in the NFL and have outscored opponents by 83 points. Their turnover differential is plus-8 and it wouldn’t surprise me if their defense improves as Tramon Williams gets healthier, Sam Shields returns to last season’s form and Dom Capers continues adjusting to life without Nick Collins.



Green Bay Packers 2011 Schedule: Training Camp Dates Announced

The Green Bay Packers released their official training camp schedule this evening. You can download a copy from the Packers website by following this link. We have also posted the full season schedule below, and you can access it at any time by using the “2011 Schedule” tab at the top of the website.

The Official 2011 Schedule of the World Champion Green Bay Packers:

Date Practice Time(s)
Saturday, July 30 7:00 P.M. – SHELLS
Sunday, July 31 7:00 P.M. – SHELLS
Monday, August 1 7:00 P.M. – FULL PADS
Tuesday, August 2 NO PRACTICE
Wednesday, August 3 7:00 P.M. – FULL PADS
Thursday, August 4 7:00 P.M. – FULL PADS
Friday, August 5 7:00 P.M. – FULL PADS
Saturday, August 6 FAMILY NIGHT – 6:30 P.M. – FULL PADS
Sunday, August 7 NO PRACTICE
Monday, August 8 7:00 P.M. – FULL PADS
Tuesday, August 9 7:00 P.M. – FULL PADS
Wednesday, August 10 7:00 P.M. – FULL PADS
Thursday, August 11 7:00 P.M. – FULL PADS
Friday, August 12 1:00 P.M. – HELMETS
Saturday, August 13 PRESEASON GAME at CLEVELAND BROWNS – 6:30 P.M. CDT
Sunday, August 14 NO PRACTICE
Monday, August 15 7:00 P.M. – FULL PADS
Tuesday, August 16 7:00 P.M. – FULL PADS
Wednesday, August 17 7:00 P.M. – FULL PADS
Thursday, August 18 1:00 P.M. – HELMETS
Saturday, August 20 NO PRACTICE
Sunday, August 21 NO PRACTICE
Monday, August 22 10:45 A.M. – FULL PADS
Tuesday, August 23 10:45 A.M. – FULL PADS
Wednesday, August 24 10:30 A.M. – HELMETS
Thursday, August 25 NO PRACTICE
Saturday, August 27 NO PRACTICE
Sunday, August 28 10:45 A.M. – FULL PADS
Monday, August 29 10:45 A.M. – FULL PADS
Tuesday, August 30 10:30 A.M. – HELMETS


The Official 2010 Green Bay Packers Schedule

The 2010 Packers schedule is out and Green Bay will play in four nationally televised games. They will play a Monday night game against the Chicago Bears and three Sunday night games, against the Cowboys, Patriots and Vikings.

The Green Bay Packers open the 2010 Season in Philadelphia against the new-look (no McNabb) Eagles.  Four weeks later, they’ll get to face McNabb and his new team, the Washington Redskins.

Comments on the  Good and the Bad of the schedule below…

The Official Green Bay Packers 2010 Schedule:

Sun., Sept. 12 @ Philadelphia Eagles 3:15 p.m. FOX
Sun., Sept. 19 Buffalo Bills 12:00 p.m. CBS
Mon., Sept. 27 @ Chicago Bears 7:30 p.m. ESPN
Sun., Oct. 3 Detroit Lions (Gold Pkg.) 12:00 p.m. FOX
Sun., Oct. 10 @ Washington Redskins 12:00 p.m. FOX
Sun., Oct. 17 Miami Dolphins 12:00 p.m. CBS
Sun., Oct. 24 Minnesota Vikings 7:20 p.m. NBC
Sun., Oct. 31 @ New York Jets 12:00 p.m. FOX
Sun., Nov. 7 Dallas Cowboys (Gold Pkg.) 7:20 p.m. NBC
Sun., Nov. 14 Open Date
Sun., Nov. 21 @ Minnesota Vikings *12:00 p.m. FOX
Sun., Nov. 28 @ Atlanta Falcons *12:00 p.m. FOX
Sun., Dec. 5 San Francisco 49ers *12:00 p.m. FOX
Sun., Dec. 12 @ Detroit Lions *12:00 p.m. FOX
Sun., Dec. 19 @ New England Patriots *7:20 p.m. NBC
Sun., Dec. 26 New York Giants *3:15 p.m. FOX
Sun., Jan. 2 Chicago Bears *12:00 p.m. FOX

The Good:

Only one Monday night game, so the team can stay on a more regular weekly schedule.

Two home games to finish out the season.

The Packers have the 22nd most difficult schedule, based on 2009 team records. Much better outcome than I expected.

The Bad:

Bye week doesn’t come until week 10. No chance for banged up players to heal for games 7, 8 and 9 against the Vikes, Jets and Cowboys.

No Thanksgiving game. (personal preference – nothing makes me happier than GB on Thanksgiving)


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Green Bay Packers 2009 Schedule Announced

The Green Bay Packers 2009 schedule is out. Some cool facts…

The Packers schedule is considered the third softest overall, based on last year’s records of their opponents.

Green Bay opens the season Sunday night at home looking to spoil Jay Cutler’s debut with the Bears.

Green Bay will play the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving day, the 19th time these teams have played on Thanksgiving (they played every year from 1951-1963).

The next game after Thanksgiving will be their fourth National TV game, a Monday Night contest versus the Baltimore Ravens.

The last fourth of the season will be a quiet one at Lambeau, with only one home game on the schedule.

Wk Date Matchup TV Time
1 Sun, Sept. 13 vs. Chicago Bears NBC 8:20 p.m.
2 Sun, Sept. 20 vs. Cincinnati Bengals CBS 1 p.m.
3 Sun, Sept. 27 at St. Louis Rams FOX 1 p.m.
4 Mon, Oct. 5 at Minnesota Vikings ESPN 8:20 p.m.
5 Bye
6 Sun, Oct. 18 vs. Detroit Lions FOX 1 p.m.
7 Sun, Oct. 25 at Cleveland Browns FOX 1 p.m.
8 Sun, Nov. 1 vs. Minnesota Vikings FOX 1 p.m.
9 Sun, Nov. 8 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers FOX 1 p.m.
10 Sun, Nov. 15 vs. Dallas Cowboys FOX 4:15 p.m.
11 Sun, Nov. 22 vs. San Francisco 49ers FOX 1 p.m.
12 Thu, Nov. 26 at Detroit Lions FOX 12:30 p.m.
13 Mon, Dec. 7 vs. Baltimore Ravens ESPN 8:30 p.m.
14 Sun, Dec. 13 at Chicago Bears FOX 1 p.m.
15 Sun, Dec. 20 at Pittsburgh Steelers FOX 1 p.m.
16 Sun, Dec. 27 vs. Seattle Seahawks FOX 1 p.m.
17 Sun, Jan. 3 at Arizona Cardinals FOX 4:15 p.m.

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