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Packers Schedule Analysis: The March to 16-0 (but probably 11-5 or 10-6)

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Look how happy Ryan Pickett is about the Packers 2013 schedule being released.

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.

You can view the entire Packers 2013 schedule here. You can view the entire NFL 2013 schedule here.

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.
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Packers-49ers: Williams vs. Crabtree a matchup to watch

Packers CB Tramon Williams faces a tough task against 49ers WR Michael Crabtree

Packers CB Tramon Williams faces a tough task against 49ers WR Michael Crabtree

When the 49ers turned to Colin Kaepernick as their starting quarterback, they added yet another dimension to an already dangerous team.

Kaepernick made the first start of his NFL career Nov. 19 against the Chicago Bears. He started the final seven games of the season, throwing 10 touchdowns and just three interceptions. In four of his seven starts, Kaepernick posted a passer rating of over 100.

And the 49ers’ newfound success at quarterback has allowed wide receiver Michael Crabtree to emerge as a go-to receiver.

Over the past five weeks, Crabtree has been one of the hottest receivers in football. Since week 13, Crabtree is averaging seven catches and 107.6 yards per game. Tight end Vernon Davis, another dangerous weapon for Kaepernick, is averaging just 1.2 catches and 12.2 yards per game over that same five-game span.

The 49ers went 3-2 over the final five weeks of the regular season. Those numbers suggest that teams are focusing on taking Davis out of the game, which has allowed Crabtree to evolve into the true No. 1 receiver in San Francisco.

And on Saturday, Packers cornerback Tramon Williams will face is toughest opponent since Dec. 16 against Brandon Marshall. Williams has been up-and-down during the 2012-13 season. He turned in his worst performance of the season in week 17 at Minnesota, according to Pro Football Focus.

But his +3.6 PFF grade this week at Lambeau Field was his second-highest of the season. With the way Crabtree is playing for the 49ers, the Packers will need Williams to be at his best Saturday night. rated Crabtree as the league’s seventh-best wide receiver in the regular season. Williams graded out as the 60th-best cornerback according to PFF.

Crabtree has caught at least seven passes in four of the 49ers’ last five games. Williams has allowed more than three receptions just once over the past five games. He allowed four receptions for 51 yards against Calvin Johnson and the Detroit Lions in week 14, according to PFF.

So something’s gotta give this weekend when the 49ers have the ball.

In the season opener at Lambeau Field, Crabtree caught seven of the eight passes thrown his way for 76 yards. PFF charged Williams with allowing four of those receptions for a total of 42 yards. But when the 49ers take the field on Jan. 12, their offense is very different than it was in week one.



Packers-Bears Video: Jermichael Finley, Bear Killer

Jermichael Finley has been at his best against Chicago

Jermichael Finley has been at his best against the Bears

Packers tight end Jermichael Finley is perhaps the most scrutinized player on the Packers’ roster.

As a former Division I basketball recruit, Finley possesses as much athletic ability as any tight end in the league, but dropped passes and mental lapses seem to overshadow his on-field production. However, the 6’5″ 247-pound freak always seems to be at his best against the Packers’ top rival, the Chicago Bears.

Finley’s best regular season game as a professional came last season at Chicago, catching a season-high seven passes for 85 yards and a career-high three touchdowns. Of Finley’s eight total touchdowns last season, four came against the Bears. Oh, and of Finley’s fourteen drops last season, zero came against Chicago.

In the Packers’ Super Bowl season in 2010, Finley torched Chicago on Monday night for nine catches and 115 yards without dropping a pass. Finley missed the Bears game at Lambeau Field after suffering a season-ending knee injury against the Washington Redskins, but going back to the final Packers-Bears game a season earlier, Finley again brought his best, catching five balls for 70 yards.

There’s been an obvious theme for Finley against the Bears lately–consistent production, and more importantly, no dropped passes.

In his last four appearances against the Chicago Bears, Finley has posted 24 catches for 290 yards and four touchdowns, all without a single drop. Over a 16-game season, those numbers would equate to 96 catches for 1,160 yards and 16 touchdowns. Now, that’s the level of play Packers fans have been hoping to see from No. 88.

Despite dropping a pair of passes, Finley enters “Bear Week” fresh off a solid showing against the San Francisco 49ers, in which he caught seven passes for 47 yards and a touchdown. The 49ers were able to limit Finley, and the rest of the Packers for that matter, from producing “big plays,” but it’s pretty clear that the Bears struggled to find a favorable matchup against Finley last season.

Let’s put each of Finley’s four touchdowns against the Bears under the microscope for a closer look.

In an effort to isolate Finley one-on-one, the Packers split Finley wide to the left of their formation. When quarterback Aaron Rodgers sees newly signed safety Brandon Meriweather lined up across from No. 88, it’s game over. Finley simply beats Meriweather to the middle of the field, crosses his face and catches the touchdown.



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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2012 NFL Schedule: Packers Schedule To be Revealed Tonight

National Football LeagueAccording to Will Brinson of, the NFL will release their 2012  schedule at 7PM EST on NFL Network.  Even if you don’t subscribe to the NFL’s own channel, there will be plenty of places to find the Green Bay Packers 2012 schedule (including right here).

While it has been known for months who the Packers will be playing during the upcoming season, the exact weeks, times and stations of those games has remained unknown.

So, what does this mean for you?

Well, by about 8PM EST tonight, you’ll be able to have every Sunday, Monday, Thursday and possibly Saturday scheduled from the middle of August straight through the cold Wisconsin winter.  In fact, it would probably be wise if you started spending more time with your families and loved ones now to make up lost time during the NFL season.

In case you were wondering, here is a list of opponents that will likely be losing to the Packers once the season begins:

Home – Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, New Orleans Saints, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans

Away – Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, St. Louis Rams, Seattle Seahawks, New York Giants, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts



Green Bay Packers 2012 Opponents Set in Stone

The Packers' 2012 opponents are now set in stone.

The 2011 Green Bay Packers are 15-1 and two weeks away from hosting a Divisional round playoff game.

But for the sake of getting the information out, let’s take a quick second to look ahead to the 2012 NFL season. When the New York Giants beat the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night, the Packers’ opponents for next season became set in stone.

In addition to annual home games against the Detroit Lions (10-6), Chicago Bears (8-8) and Minnesota Vikings (3-13) in the NFC North, the Packers will host the San Francisco 49ers (13-3), Arizona Cardinals (8-8), New Orleans Saints (13-3), Tennessee Titans (9-7) and Jacksonsville Jaguars (5-11) next season.

The winning percentage this season of the eight teams the Packers play in 2012 at lands at .539 (69-59).

The Packers will then have road games against the three NFC North teams, the Houston Texans (10-6), Indianapolis Colts (2-14), St. Louis Rams (2-14), Seattle Seahawks (7-9) and New York Giants (9-7).

The winning percentage of the eight road games, including the three NFC North teams, is just .398 (51-77).

The official NFL schedule is typically released sometime in late March or early April.

A couple of interesting tidbits from the Packers’ 2012 opponents:

  • The Packers haven’t lost a regular season game to the 49ers since 1990, and have won eight straight in the series at Lambeau Field.
  • If you eliminate the preseason, the Packers have yet to play a game against the Cardinals since Arizona beat Green Bay in the Wildcard round of the 2009 playoffs.
  • The last time the Packers and Titans met, Tennessee beat Green Bay in overtime in 2008 to stay undefeated.
  • The potential exists for the Packers to play a Colts’ team led by current Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck. He’s the consensus No. 1 pick in April’s 2012 NFL draft, which the Colts currently hold. If you remember, the Packers lost in a big upset on the road in 1997 the year before the Colts drafted another quarterback No. 1. That soon-to-be draft pick was Peyton Manning.
  • The Packers will play four of the league’s seven worst teams records-wise in 2012.

Zach Kruse is a 23-year-old sports journalist with a passion for the Green Bay Packers. He currently lives in Wisconsin and is working on his journalism degree, while also covering prep sports for The Dunn Co. News.



Packers Coach Mike McCarthy Has Decisions to Make on Going for 16-0

Packers Coach Mike McCarthy Has Decisions to Make on Going for 16-0

What Should I do?

If the Green Bay Packers keep winning, and the upcoming schedule suggests they might, coach Mike McCarthy is going to have some important decisions to make in the coming weeks about his team’s quest to achieve what only two other teams have done since the merger: An undefeated regular season.

We’ve seen a handful of teams reach the point the Packers are currently at. Most recently, the 2009 New Orleans Saints started 13-0 while the Indianapolis Colts began that same season with 14 straight wins. The New England Patriots went undefeated during the 2007 regular season, and both the 2005 Colts and 1998 Broncos started 13-0. We’ll focus on those five teams.

Each coach approached their undefeated starts differently. So many factors go into a coach’s decision to play their starters, rest them or a combination of both that it’s impossible to nail down a way that is guaranteed to succeed. But by studying what went right and wrong for each coach and his choices, we can hopefully paint a picture for McCarthy to use.

Saints 2009

After starting 13-0, the Saints kept their foot on the gas to achieve perfection. At the time, the 11-2 Minnesota Vikings were still in contention for the NFC’s No. 1 seed, which undoubtedly was a factor in the Saints pursuing every win they could get. The Cowboys ended the Saints’ perfect season in Week 15, but that didn’t stop them from playing Drew Brees and the rest of the starters the very next week (despite a Vikings’ loss) against the Buccaneers. New Orleans lost that game, too, but homefield advantage was secured with another Vikings’ loss.

No players of significance were injured during week’s 15 and 16. The Saints then rested their starters in Week 17 in a loss to Carolina Panthers. The Saints would go on to win two home games in the playoffs before knocking off the Colts in the Super Bowl.

Colts 2009

The Colts went the opposite way as the Saints in ’09. At 14-0 and with homefield advantage locked up, the Colts benched Peyton Manning and several others starters during the third quarter of the Colts’ Week 16 game with the New York Jets. Up 15-10, Curtis Painter and the backups squandered the lead down the stretch and lost 29-15. Coach Jim Caldwell’s choice to play it safe was widely criticized, and even center Jeff Saturday said he didn’t blame the Colts’ fans for booing during the fourth quarter of their Week 16 loss.