By Lucy Rendler-Kaplan //@Lucyrk78
The NFL schedules were released Thursday night, although we have known the opponents throughout the week. I was surprised to see Green Bay opening the season in Minnesota. I can’t remember a time the opener wasn’t a Chicago Bears/Green Bay Packers game. And I know I cannot be alone – this is actually the first time in Packers franchise history.
Due to the pandemic, what will games even look like this season? Will the number of fans be limited severely, with at least 6ft of space between seats? Or will we only be able to watch in our houses, and sports bars? How will the lack of crowd hype make a difference in a player’s game?
Again, this year, the Packers’ schedule has one of the tougher road game schedules. But I like that Green Bay will finish the regular season with four home games over the final six weeks. After hosting Chicago on Nov. 29, the Packers will welcome Philadelphia (Dec. 6, Week 13), Carolina (Dec. 19 or 20 in Week 15) and Tennessee (Dec. 27, Week 16) to Lambeau Field.
Repeating last year’s 13-3 record will not be easy, and there have been many trades and shakeups during the off-season, but it is still always fun to make some predictions right after schedule release. Here are mine – tweet me at @lucyrk78 and let me know which you agree and disagree with?
Week 1: at Minnesota Vikings
I’m predicting an upset here and I think Green Bay walks away with a mighty win.
Week 2: Detroit Lions
I always feel that the Lions and the Packers are unpredictable. Last season especially – I was shocked to see some of the games both teams won and just as shocked to see some of the games they each lost. But this is a Lambeau Field game and the Packers will take it.
Week 3: at New Orleans Saints
New Orleans is a tough stadium to play in. This game makes me a bit nervous. The defense has shown that they have a hard time stopping quarterback Drew Brees and wide receiver Michael Thomas. I hate to write this, but I’m giving this one to the Saints.
Week 4: Atlanta Falcons
I do love me some running back Todd Gurley, but I am confident Green Bay can beat Atlanta most days. Packers for the win this week.
Week 5: BYE
Week 6: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Bucs have one of the league’s best offenses and we know the Packers defense could use some work. I think this will be a tough game and my confidence is not as high as I would like it to be, calling this a Green Bay win.
Week 7: at Houston Texans
It still makes me salty to see WR Randall Cobb NOT in a Packers uniform. The Texans are another team with a strong offense that can cause trouble for our offense. Green Bay over Houston for this one.
Week 8: Minnesota Vikings
The Minnesota Vikings have picked up some impressive players lately, but they are not the Vikings they were when I was an avid fan. Packers will come away victorious again here, especially since they are at home.
Week 9: at San Francisco 49ers
And now for maybe the toughest game yet. The 49ers are great. I had slept on realizing that for too many seasons but now I am impressed. I hate to say it, but I am giving the win to San Francisco.
Week 10: Jacksonville Jaguars
This should be an easy win for Green Bay.
Week 11: at Indianapolis Colts
Week 12: Chicago Bears
Week 13: Philadelphia Eagles
Fly Eagles Fly! And sadly, they flew away with the win last season. I am uneasy but I think that might happen this game as well.
Week 14: at Detroit Lions
Green Bay does not have a great record when playing at Ford Field (3-4). Last year however, we got lucky with a walk- off win to give the Packers a first-round bye in the playoffs. If QB Matthew Stafford is healthy, this MAY be a surprising game with a win by Detroit.
Week 15: Carolina Panthers
The Carolina Panthers are not a strong enough team to beat the Packers. And a game at Lambeau almost guarantees this win for Green Bay.
Week 16: Tennessee Titans
Most experts I am reading are calling this one for the Titans. I am going Green Bay. Who is with me?
Week 17: at Chicago Bears
Green Bay has done great playing at Soldier Field. I think Green Bay can end the Bears regular season in the loss column.
Final 2020 record: 10-6
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