Packers XLV

Taking a Peek at the 2011 Schedule

Posted February 18th, 2011 @ 04:02pm

We're going to presume, for the sake of this exercise, that the NFL will be playing football the weekend after Labor Day. That all the rhetoric and vitriol being spewed will end sometime this spring and summer and both the owners and players will come to their senses and keep America's favorite sport open for business.

As Super Bowl champs, the Pack will open the season at Lambeau on the Thursday night before the first Sunday. What this means for me and "Packer Preview" listeners is that we will be reviewing the opener on Sunday, September 11th--unless I can convince Dan Barreiro to go home early and the Fan braintrust allows us a special Thursday night edition before kickoff.

First let's take a look at the 2011 opponents:

Home: Chicago, Detroit, Minnesota, New Orleans, Tampa Bay, St. Louis, Denver and Oakland.

Away: Chicago, Detroit, Minnesota, N.Y. Giants, Atlanta, Carolina, Kansas City and San Diego

So the NFC North gets the NFC South (maybe the strongest division in the NFL) and the AFC West, one of the weaker divisions but one that's improving quickly with the turn-arounds in KC and Oakland. The Pack catches a break in getting two of the tougher NFC South teams at home, but they have to play the two better AFC West teams, KC and SD, on the road. It would be nice if we could play the Chargers in the first four or five weeks, when they typically struggle, before finding a groove and making their patented run late.

By virtue of the second place finish in 2010, the Pack gets the Giants and Rams, instead of the Eagles and Seahawks--that seems like a wash to me.

The Packers' opponent for the opener will likely either be the Bears or the Saints. My hunch is it's the Saints.  A matchup featuring the two most recent Super Bowl champs is a bit more unique and nationally satisfying than a rematch of the NFC title game--though it is a divisional and rivalry game.

The Pack will undoubtedly have four prime time games in 2011, maybe two Sunday nights and two Monday nights. Figure on the Saints and a Bears home game. Other two possibilities: at Atlanta, at New York, at Kansas City or at San Diego.

Expectations will be for at least a 12-win season: win the home games and do no worse than split on the road. Figure if you lose one divisional road game, you need to go 2-3 in the others at worst. Atlanta looks like the toughest game on the schedule, in light of what the Pack did to them in their house last month. Splitting road games in Carolina, KC, SD and NY should be no problem, barring catastrophic injuries to key players.

So the very early read, before the draft, before resigning players, before any dust gathers on the Pack's 4th Lombardi Trophy, is a 13-3 record for the defending Super Bowl champs and one or two real live home playoff games--something its fans crave and something the team will be expected to earn.

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on April 6th, 2012 at 02:49pm

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on August 1st, 2012 at 12:07am

With all of the good comments on the previous blog on free agents and needs here is my Rube Mock Draft for the Packers first 5 rounds of the 2011 draft: Assume position more important than the actual player....although player would be nice.....from a draft rube's draft warroom...no Jerry Jones allowed in my draft room to f....things up: Round 1: Anthony Castonzo....OT....Boston College....6-7, 308. Holds the record for career starts at Boston College with 54... Associated Press Third Team All-American, All-ACC first team honoree...National Football Foundation National Scholar-Athlete...finalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy and the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award...named to Lindy's preseason All-America first team and the Playboy Preseason All-America team. 2010 Season Team captain...started all 13 games at left tackle...blocked for All-ACC back Montel Harris, who led the conference in rushing and ranks 16th nationally...the line allowed Eagles' running backs to gain 100 or more yards in nine different games...BC ranks 51st in the country in tackles for loss allowed (6.15). Would be a good future replacement for Clifton. Round 2: Mason Foster....OLB....Washington..6-1 241....runs a 4.6...led the PAC 10 in tackles...perfect fit for Packer 3-4 and should be available here. Round 3---Randall Cobb....WR/ KR....Kentucky.. 5-11, 186...first team all SEC .....One of the nation's most versatile performers ... Dynamic playmaker at wide receiver, quarterback, punt returner and kickoff returner ... Sees action primarily as a wide receiver and also plays quarterback in what one reporter nicknamed the "WildCobb" formation ... Also holds for placekicks ... has scored four game-winning fourth-quarter touchdowns during his career ... Has played in 23 career games, with 20 starts . With James Jones out this would be our Randle - EL type. Round 4....Shane Vereen....RB...California..5-10, 204. Perfect 3rd down back to replace Brandon Jackson. finished his career ranked among the school's all-time leaders in rushing touchdowns (29, No. 3-T), total touchdowns (35, No. 4-T), all-purpose yards (4,069, No. 5), rushing yards (2,834, No. 7), 100-yard rushing games (11, No. 7) and scoring (210, No. 9-T) ... Good pass receiver and more versatile than Jackson. Round 5: Darius Morris....OT/G... Temple....6-4, 318....nice insurance for future....especially if Colledge gone All of these would fit some limited needs Packers have and from my research may be available at their choices. Position needs are where I believe we need help at least in depth. Who knows ....TT might need a rube on his draft warroom......GO PACK GO !!!

on February 18th, 2011 at 07:45pm

OSSG, impressive mock draft, you really did your homework! I hope the Packers take your points into consideration & draft well to ensure the Pack stays on top. Go Pack!

on February 18th, 2011 at 08:28pm

I agree. This schedule doesn't look nearly as bad as I had expected considering we're the Champs.

on February 18th, 2011 at 11:36am

OSSG, i'm honored to be considered a "regular rube". I'll post some additional thoughts on draft tomorrow. Go Pack!

on February 20th, 2011 at 07:17pm

Now that this last great season is history here is a challenge for some of the regular rubes like SchenySchen, rob from B/C, lynn Dickeyfan and other regulars and semi-regulars to this site. I posted my Rube Mock Draft .....first 5 rounds for the Pack.....you guys are researchers for fun and giggles let's see yours. Take in consideration position need and fill in some real names if you have time and inclination to research them. If not real names give your position needs round 1-5. Of course....we would like to hear from The Head Cheese himself his draft. GO PACK GO !!

on February 20th, 2011 at 11:40am

Hey Old South, don't forget about Dennis Cockadix! Between the two of us I think we could start our own rube website. As far as the draft goes, I say we draft 3 specialty players to solidify the return spot and long snapper if Goode is released. I also think it would be wise for Ted Thompson to draft Mark Ingram if he is there in the 6th round or lower.

on February 21st, 2011 at 10:47pm

Gentlemen, realized I don't have the time to go too deep into the draft yet and maybe that's ok. The combine is coming up and we will get a closer look at a lot of potential's. As I stated on the last blog page of Mr. Sinykin, I think the draft order should look something like this: Rnd 1 - OT (cliftons replacement), Rnd 2 - WR/KR - need some speed out there to replace driver in a year. I think that JJ will stay. MM seems to always back him up, even with the drops. Swain is not worth it anymore and having a WR that can provide a ST spark from the return game is critical for us. Swains value as a receiver is limited and his value on ST's is only moderate. --Rnd 3 - I think this is where we will trade our two 3rd round picks and move up in 3rd in order to grab someone that TT thinks is a good fit or is undervalued. He know's that we need quality in this draft, not quantity. I will be shocked if we trade down in this years draft. --I like either OG or OLB in this spot. The deeper you go, the less predictable you get. TT values DL picks so I expect at least one more DL before the day is up. Another late round CB, LB and RB would also seem to make sense. -- It totally goes against TT's makeup but I am intrigued by the speculation of trading Ryan Grant for a 2nd or 3rd round draft pick. I like Grant, but I like the upside of Starks more. Grant historically starts slowly and has been hurt in 2 different seasons now. We don't really need him and could add another, younger, shiftier back in the draft. One that could be a KR, something that Grant is not. And we would save the cap room. Just a few thoughts............Go Pack!

on February 22nd, 2011 at 07:09am

The draft, well I can tell you, I'm not going to research names and I have very little Mel Kipper Jr. in me. Yeah, Offensive line seam to be one of those positions you have to go get. You can't just find someone off the streets to fill those positions. Otherwise, I would look at speed and size. Specifically, I think McCarthy would like to get more out of a second tight end. I think he would prefer to run more two tight end sets and neither Crabtree or Quarless blew me away this year. I think they'll try to draft a blocking tight end. This would compliment Finley. That said, I think Finley is basically Driver's replacement. He's going to be the possession guy if he can stay healthy. Now speed, returns guys are hit and miss. They seem to be as hard to draft as the are to tackle, but they can be found all over and off of the board. I would think Ted is going to go after several guys that could fill this role, with the idea that they would have other skills too. Ted's look for a returner that might pan out at corner or vise verse. It might even be a small running back. In fact, that's where I'd place my bet. I don't cover all my bases, so that I sound like just mention every thing. So, Offensive line, Tight end, return/utility guys: that's my bet. Oh yeah, I know a lot a people are going to talk about another linebacker, and of course if a value guy falls into place Ted will take him. I really think Ted will not take this position high up, and he might even see who is make the practice squads else where. Ted's looking for Value, at least that's what I think.

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