By Lucy Rendler-Kaplan //@lucyrk78
I don’t think anyone that knows me doubts how fervent a Packers fan I am. To say last season was disappointing almost minimizes how bad it really was. AND it was the second year in a row Green Bay missed out on the postseason.
I’m the first one to say, “This will be our year!” but there are a lot of unknowns – mainly because the Packers have a new head coach in Matt LaFleur.
Here’s the full, 16-game schedule facing the Packers in 2019:
|1||9/5||at Chicago Bears (TNF)||7:20|
|2||9/15||vs. Minnesota Vikings||12:00|
|3||9/22||vs. Denver Broncos||12:00|
|4||9/26||vs. Philadelphia Eagles (TNF)||7:20|
|5||10/6||at Dallas Cowboys||3:25|
|6||10/14||vs. Detroit Lions (MNF)||7:15|
|7||10/20||vs. Oakland Raiders||12:00|
|8||10/27||at Kansas City Chiefs (SNF)||7:20|
|9||11/3||at Los Angeles Chargers||3:25|
|10||11/10||vs. Carolina Panthers||12:00|
|12||11/24||at San Francisco 49ers||3:25|
|13||12/1||at New York Giants||12:00|
|14||12/8||vs. Washington Redskins||12:00|
|15||12/15||vs. Chicago Bears||12:00|
|16||12/23||at Minnesota Vikings (MNF)||7:15|
|17||12/29||at Detroit Lions||12:00|
Green Bay will open in Chicago for the second year in a row. This year, that matchup with the Bears will open the NFL’s 100th season in a Thursday Night Football game. Chicago had an incredible season last year with THEIR new head coach, Matt Nagy. Finishing 12-4, the Bears had one of the best defenses in the league. The Packers have taken one player from last season’s Bears, safety Adrian Amos. As much as I hate to do this, I’m taking the Chicago Bears on this first game.
The opener is tough, but the next three games are played at Lambeau and should fall in the Packers favor. How great would a 3-1 start be?!
The Packers should have won last season’s game 2 against the Minnesota Vikings. My favorite team during the Chris Carter era, Minnesota is no longer a team I dread the Packers playing. Green Bay has FINALLY (hopefully) fixed their pass rush game and if so, will easily take the win against the visiting Vikes.
The Denver Broncos also have a new head coach this year. They have brought in the Bears former defensive coordinator Vic Fangio and moved him to HC. Denver’s quarterback Joe Flacco is not terribly consistent and that’s not what you want in a quarterback. Green Bay’s future hall-of-fame quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, should put the Pack in the win column for this game.
Week 4 brings a short week and we all know I hate those. Green Bay hasn’t been playing at peak performance for a couple of seasons, neither have the Eagles and I believe the Pack will win this game.
We then have a road game, facing the Dallas Cowboys. They’re good and even better at home. I’d like to take this as a win, but I predict they might lose this game…if they DO, I think it will be a very close game.
Whenever I think of the Detroit Lions, I look at them as a bit of a wildcard. I can’t pinpoint exactly why, but I have a hard time predicting games against them. What I DO know is that Green Bay was without Rodgers in three out of the last four games they lost to Detroit. Primetime game + Lambeau Field = Packers win.
It’s hard to keep up with all the drama surrounding the Oakland Raiders recently. Let’s just give this one to Green Bay and leave it at that. Deal?
Green Bay then travels for the next two weeks, first facing Super Bowl contenders, the Kansas City Chiefs. I think this might be “THE” game of the season. I think it will be a high scoring game, but I’m nervous about this one. The Chiefs have become a really great team and they’ll be hard to beat. Their offense is one of the best currently and being a road game, I might have to bet against my fave and go with the Chiefs on this one.
The Pack heads west for their next game against the Los Angeles Chargers. It’s another short week and the Chargers finished in the top 11 for both offense AND defense last season. While the majority of what I’m reading gives this game to LA, I’m going Green Bay for this one.
The Packers host the Carolina Panthers right before their bye. Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has had a few health issues this offseason. Combine that with the fact that despite Green Bay’s lackluster showing last season, I still think they are the superior team, I’m going with my team for this game.
What do you think of my predictions so far? Tweet me @lucyrk78 and let me know!
Check in tomorrow for the rest of my season predictions!!