April 22, 2015

Taking A Closer Look At The 2015 Green Bay Packers Schedule

NFL Schedule Day is always one of my favorite days as it is sort of the unofficial beginning of the upcoming season. There was a little drama with key games being leaked before the schedule was officially released including details that the Packers would be playing the Bears on Thanksgiving.

The Packers get to play the NFC West and AFC West this year so it might be a great schedule if the 49ers and Cardinals fall from "elite team" status back to mediocrity. Let's take a closer look at the season split into four quarters. Overall, we have one Monday night game [Week #3], two Sunday night games, and two Thursday games, including that Thanksgiving game against the Bears.

1956 Topps #43 Gary Knafelc
Last season we opened the season at the Seahawks and this season we get the Seahawks at home during Week #2. If we can get passed the Seahawks it's possible we could start the season 4-0 but I'm imagining a 3-1 start is a pretty safe bet.

Week 1 - Sunday, 9/13 At Chicago Bears

Week 2 - Sunday Night, 9/20 Home Seattle Seahawks

Week 3 - Monday Night, 9/28 Home Kansas City Chiefs

Week 4 - Sunday, 10/4 At San Francisco 49ers

1955 Bowman #57 Howard Ferguson
In the second quarter we have our bye in Week #7 which is a pretty good placement. At worst I see a 2-2 split over these four games and if the Broncos continue to decline we could be 3-1. I think we will be 6-2 at the end of Week #9.

Week 5 - Sunday, 10/11 Home St. Louis Rams

Week 6 - Sunday, 10/18 Home San Diego Chargers

Week 7 - BYE

Week 8 - Sunday Night, 11/1 At Denver Broncos

Week 9 - Sunday, 11/8 At Carolina Panthers

1993 Stadium Club #247 Reggie White
Now here comes the tough NFC North streak. I really can't see the Lions being any better than last season and the Vikings and Bears may actually be worse than last year. I'm being bold and saying we go 4-0 here including a huge victory on Thanksgiving making us 10-2 overall. The rumor is also that Brett Favre's jersey will be retired during the Thanksgiving game.

Week 10 - Sunday, 11/15 Home Detroit Lions

Week 11 - Sunday, 11/22 At Minnesota Vikings

Week 12 - Thanksgiving, 11/26 Home Chicago Bears

Week 13 - Thursday Night, 12/3 At Detroit Lions

1998 Ultra Reggie White Commemorative Card #R1
The last quarter of the schedule could be especially great for the Packers if the Cowboys and Cardinals slip back into mediocrity. We finish the season at home against the Vikings who probably won't have Adrian Peterson and I'm hoping for a nice New Year's snowstorm. I'm saying we go 3-1 giving us 13-3 record with a good chance of being the #1 seed. Of course this can all go to shit with one bad tackle on Aaron Rodgers...or an Olivia Munn breakup.

Week 14 - Sunday, 12/13 Home Dallas Cowboys

Week 15 - Sunday, 12/20 At Oakland Raiders

Week 16 - Sunday, 12/27 At Arizona Cardinals

Week 17 - Sunday, 1/3 Home Minnesota Vikings

2 comments:

Tony L. said...

I hope you're right about 13-3. The depth in the linebacking corps is paper thin. I know Thompson will address that in the draft, but that could be a major issue this year.

Fuji said...

I'd definitely be happy with the Pack going 13-3... although if I were a betting man, I'd say 12-4 is a safer bet.