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25

April

Packers Face Familiar Start

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The Packers face the defending Super Bowl champions and two divisional opponents on the road in three of their first four games this season

The Green Bay Packers now know not only who they will be facing in 2014, but when.  The NFL announced its full schedule on Wednesday, amidst much anticipation from media and fans.

My first thought in looking at the official and non-leaked schedule was “here we go again”.  For the third straight season, the Packers face a tough opening quarter to their season.  As each team plays 16 games, I’m referring to the first four games.

In 2012, the Packers opened the season with the San Francisco 49ers and Chicago Bears at home, the Seattle Seahawks on the road and the New Orleans Saints at home.

Green Bay fared well over that stretch, considering that the loss to Seattle should have been a victory, and a hard-fought one at that.  They emerged 2-2 after the smoke cleared.

In 2013, the Packers again drew the San Francisco 49ers in game one, on the road.  They then faced the Washington Redskins at home, Cincinnati Bengals on the road and the Detroit Lions at home.

On paper and right now, that doesn’t seem like a tough bunch of games at all.  But before the 2013 season started, the matchup against the Redskins and a potentially healthy quarterback Robert Griffin III loomed larger.  Cincinnati has never been an easy place for the Packers to play and the Lions were a division rival looking to end a 20-year drought at Lambeau Field.  The Packers managed a 2-2 mark against those teams but, much like the season prior, should have fared better.  Had it not been for their late collapse against the Bengals, the Packers would have been a healthier 3-1.

In the case of the 2012 and 2013 seasons, the Packers faced a tough slate and came out having been competitive in every game and with a chance to win.  Hopefully in 2014, the Packers can be just as competitive and finish those games that they have a firm hold of.

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24

April

The Return of Brett Favre and the 2014 Packers Schedule

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Will Favre return to the Packers in 2014? The schedule seems ripe for it.

The National Football League released its schedule of games for 2014 yesterday and each team’s path to Super Bowl XLIX in Arizona has been placed before them.

For the Green Bay Packers however, there is an additional question to be answered and it is at the front of every cheesehead’s mind:

“Is this the year?”

As in “is this the year the Packers and former quarterback Brett Favre finally publicly bury the hatchet?” Packers president Mark Murphy said the plan was to have Favre at a game this past season, but his role as offensive coordinator of a state champion football team kept the former MVP quarterback from making his way back to Lambeau Field in 2013.

With Favre having already announced he will not be coaching Mississippi high school football in 2014, the door is wide open for his return to the Packers family this season. Now that the schedule for the season has been announced, it’s time to begin another edition of Favre Watch except this time it is guaranteed to have a happy ending for both Favre and Packers fans.

Here are the Packers’ 2014 home games, ranked from least likely to most likely to be the game Favre returns to Lambeau to have his number retired and maybe even more.

8. Lions vs Packers, Week 17
This game will be played on Sunday, December 28. This game could decide a playoff spot or perhaps even the NFC North title. Take the potential enormity of the game and the possibility of brutally cold and/or snowy weather, this isn’t likely to be the one Favre returns home to.

7. Eagles vs Packers, Week 11
This game would likely be higher up on the list if Favre’s former quarterbacks coach Andy Reid were still coaching the Eagles. Combine that with the fact that this is a Gold Package (aka former County Stadium ticket holders) game and this probably won’t be the game either.

6. Vikings vs Packers, Week 5

This would be “oh-so-sweet” for Packers fans to welcome their former hero back during the game against the team he joined that broke so many fans hearts. Unfortunately, this is another Gold Package game, which all but precludes that a Favre return isn’t likely here either.

23

April

Green Bay Packers 2014 NFL Schedule Released

The NFL has talked about moving back the point-after touchdown and adding two playoff teams.

The 2014 NFL Schedule is Released

The NFL released its regular season schedule today.For the Green Bay Packers, this year’s opponents will feature the usual NFC North opponents both home and away.

An interesting side note is that the Packers will face the Minnesota Vikings at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis this year.  It will mark the first time in over 30 years that the Packers will play an outdoor game in Minnesota.

The Packers will also face each team from the NFC South as well as the division-winning Philadelphia Eagles of the NFC East and Seattle Seahawks of the NFC West.

The Seahawks are also the defending Super Bowl champions.  This will mark the third straight season that the Packers will face the defending champs on the road.  They faced the New York Giants in 2012 and Baltimore Ravens in 2013.

The AFC slate this year includes all four teams from the AFC East.  The Packers will host the New England Patriots and New York Jets while they will travel to face the Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills.

An interesting side note to make is that the Packers have faced most of the AFC East during two of their last three Super Bowl seasons.  After beating the Patriots in Super Bowl XXXI in 1996, the Packers faced New England in a Monday night game in 1997 en route to their second straight Super Bowl appearance.  Green Bay also saw the Dolphins and Bills that season.

The Packers last faced the Dolphins, Bills, Jets and Patriots in 2010, their latest Super Bowl season.   The Packers suffered what would be their last loss of that championship year to New England in a Sunday night game started by backup quarterback Matt Flynn.

Here is Green Bay’s 2014 schedule:

1 Sep 04 GB @ SEA CenturyLink Field 8:30 PM NBC
2 Sep 14 NYJ @ GB Lambeau Field 4:25 PM CBS
3 Sep 21 GB @ DET Ford Field 1:00 PM FOX
4 Sep 28 GB @ CHI Soldier Field 1:00 PM FOX
5 Oct 02 MIN @ GB Lambeau Field 8:25 PM CBS
6 Oct 12 GB @ MIA Sun Life Stadium 1:00 PM FOX
7 Oct 19 CAR @ GB Lambeau Field 1:00 PM FOX
8 Oct 26 GB @ NO Mercedes-Benz Superdome 8:30 PM NBC
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10Nov 09 CHI @ GB Lambeau Field 8:30 PM NBC
11 Nov 16 PHI @ GB Lambeau Field 1:00 PM FOX
12 Nov 23 GB @ MIN TCF Bank Stadium 1:00 PM FOX
13 Nov 30 NE @ GB Lambeau Field 4:25 PM CBS
14 Dec 08 ATL @ GB Lambeau Field 8:30 PM ESPN
15 Dec 14 GB @ BUF Ralph Wilson Stadium 1:00 PM FOX
16 Dec 21 GB @ TB Raymond James Stadium 1:00 PM FOX
17 Dec 28 DET @ GB Lambeau Field 1:00 PM FOX

 Download the full schedule here from Packers.com.