Packers XLV

Early Musings on the Pack's 2018 Schedule

Posted April 20th, 2018 @ 04:04pm

So now we know precisely when each of the Packers' 2018 games will be played. We still don't know what this team will look like. Next week's draft will answer most of those questions, but there will still be some roster tinkering between now and the start of training camp.

What will the right side of the offensive line look like? Who will line up opposite Davante Adams at WR? What will the back end of Mike Pettine's defense look like? Who will emerge as the starter at running back? And on and on. So there will be no game by game predictions yet, that will come in early September.

For now, let's look at the rhythm of the schedule and what it means for the 100th edition of the Green Bay Packers.

For the 13th straight year, the Pack and Bears will play in prime time--this time in the coveted week 1 Sunday night spot: an homage to the Pack's 100th season. While the Bears are likely to be improved, with offensive free agency acquisitions to make things easier for Mitchell Trubisky, this is a perfect opening game for the Pack to begin to get their swagger back and prepare them for the Vikings in week 2.

Long time readers of this blog know that I look at the season in quarters, and the Pack's first quarter includes three home games, against the Bears, Vikes and Bills--with a road game in Washington in between. The Pack couldn't have asked for a more desirable way to get the defense acclimated. It stands to reason that it will take a little time for that unit to get comfortable with Pettine's system. Facing Trubisky, Cousins, Smith and McCarron is about all they could ask for--compared to some of the QBs and offenses they will face later.

The Pack's second quarter includes three road games, beginning with a division game at Detroit. Next, the 49ers come to town for a Monday night game. Jimmy G fever has already reached fever pitch--the Niners have the maximum five prime games on their schedule, as the Packers do (the Vikings only have four...hmmm). With road games looming on opposite coasts at the Rams and Patriots, the Pack will need to take care of business on Monday night. It's their only home game between September 30th and November 11th. And they'll have the bye following this game, a chance to heal up and brace themselves for the toughest stretch I can ever remember: the four toughest road games on the schedule over a five week stretch.

The Sunday night game in New England will be one of the most anticipated of the season: just the second matching Brady and Rodgers. As tough as finishing this two game stretch will be, it kicks off a brutal stretch of three prime time games in four weeks--all on the road. I've never seen anything like that: New England, Seattle and Minnesota, with a home game against the Dolphins in the middle. If the Pack can steal one of those (Seattle seems the most likely), they'll set themselves up for their five December games to close the season.

If the Pack can get through November above .500, say 6-5, they'll be in good shape for a return to the playoffs, because barring injury, they'll be favored in all five December games. They will all be cold weather games, three Lambeau games: Cards, Falcons and Lions and two road games, in Chicago and at the Jets. It's nice to finally close the season at home--something that hasn't happened in a while.

So to summarize, September and December seem to set the Pack up for success, while October and November are brutal, with their four toughest road tests of the season. The notoriously slow starting Packers can't afford to slip up early this year. If they take care of business early, they should be able to withstand some Ls in the middle and be where they want to be when they enter the home stretch.

My seven round Packer mock draft will be posted on Tuesday. Please come back and check it out.

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Comments (11):

Have fun going 9-7. The Packers are the has-beens of the NFL.

on April 20th, 2018 at 11:52am

on April 20th, 2018 at 11:52am

You still think the Packers are a good cold weather team??? Bwahhhhaahahhhahahaa!

on April 20th, 2018 at 11:53am

7-9 at best, enjoy finishing 3rd in the division again.

on April 20th, 2018 at 11:56am

"If the Pack can get through November above .500, say 6-5, they'll be in good shape for a return to the playoffs, because barring injury, they'll be favored in all five December games." 6-5 if zero injuries sounds like a winner to me.

on April 20th, 2018 at 11:58am

"Barr-ing injury" lol good one

on April 20th, 2018 at 12:15pm

Synner - Go back to swigging the nacho cheese! Yore team's season is completely dependent on one player - and that will not be enough. You and Pack Nation can deny it all you want: you are in rebuild mode. Enjoy the suck.

on April 20th, 2018 at 12:35pm

Is it not interesting that when Davy's blog returns the PA clones are the only ones that cant wait to get on. Watch for the real Packer fans starting Tuesday with Davy's and mine mock draft. Should be fun. GO PACK GO !!

on April 21st, 2018 at 12:39pm

well OSSG, I cant wait till Tuesday. With new GM guttey in town, things will be different. I worry he will try and make a big splash instead of just taking best player.. I hope he does not reach for DE or CB. I would love to see Vita, DT from wash drop, we need him in the middle. but he will be gone.He better not move back, if anything move up, and get Smith from Ga. or Edmunds from VT. But, I would just stay there at 14 and take best player. here is what I would do. #14- take Tackle McGlinchey , ND. with Buluga jury prone we need some insurance, I think he is best in draft. we have the best player in nfl #12, protect him. #45- Alexander- CB ,LV. great skills and is moving up the boards fast. if not him, Oliver CB from col. #76- Daniels, Center from Iowa.or DJ Chark wr from LSU. #101,- Ian Thomas, Te, Ind.looks and moves a lot like Finley and Gates. #133, - Trenton Thompson, DE, Geo. 6-3 288#'s and can move well for his size. #138- Dorian O; Daniel, Olb Clemson, can run, and at 6-1 215 can cover the pass well. #172 Armani Watts, love the name. Safety, Texas A+ m, we need more depth there, actually would be nice if Derwin James dropped for our 1st pick, but will be gone. #174- Austin Corbett, Guard, from Nevada, no sacks given up all year in conference play, pretty impressive. #186- my man, Jack Cinchy Badgers, lives in somerset, WI. 7 miles from me. he will drop cause of injury, but great value here. #207- Toby Weathersby, Tackle, LSU. with all the injuries we always get, need depth there. #232-Levi Wallace, CB Alb. was 2nd in Int's last year for tide, but nobody talks about him, great time to get him. #239- Byron Pringle, K.S, replace Jordy haha, another ks. guy, 6-2 205 and return man too with great speed. there you have it, let's see what happens , we all know were never right, but fun to do. can't wait for THC and OSSG picks, all of you guys, Voice, Packerlifer, Lynndicky guy. (Packer guys), on here, let's see what you think.. go Packers.

on April 22nd, 2018 at 01:07pm

on April 22nd, 2018 at 12:19pm

The Packers will be better this year. This is coming from a Vikings fan. But the Packers shouldn't take Cousin's lightly (Your first comment of the article facing "Easy QB's" early in the year. Cousin's sliced up defenses way worst last year only to be let down by the terrible defense in Washington.

on April 24th, 2018 at 12:46pm

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