The Green Bay Packers headed into week 10 desperate for a bye, and that’s exactly what they got.
The 2012 Packers, much like the Super Bowl Champion 2010 Packers, have been yet again decimated by injuries. The injury list continues to get larger every week, for now it is headed by Clay Matthews (hamstring) Charles Woodson (collar bone) Nick Perry (wrist, IR) Cedric Benson (foot, IR) (Greg Jennings – hamstring surgery) the list goes on and on. The Packers have rallied from injuries before, and we all expect nothing different from this deep team going forward.
So, moving forward, where will the Packers be after Week 13? Let me tell you.
Packers at Lions (11/18)
Under Head Coach Mike McCarthy, the Packers are 5-1 coming off their byes. This game is tough, but only because it is in Detroit. The Lions are coming off an embarrassing loss at Minnesota and appear to be heading in the wrong direction after a bit of resurgence over the past few weeks.
The Packers on the other hand will be rested and ready for their division rival, mark this one as a Packer’s victory. (7-3)
Packers at Giants (11/25)
This is by far the hardest game left on the Packer’s schedule, along with the Bears game arguably.
The Giants started the years 6-2, but have been outplayed back-to-back weeks by “lesser” teams, in terms of record. The Giants will have a bye this week, so they will have plenty of time to prepare for the Packers.
The Packers beat the Giants on a Mason Crosby field goal as time expired in New York last season to keep the Packers’ undefeated season alive. However, the Giants would get the ultimate payback knocking the Packers out of the playoffs for the second time in four years last season. I think the Giants will win this game because the extra time to prepare, and I’ll gladly concede this game to the Giants because I believe we will see them in the playoffs and our victory then. (7-4)
Packers vs. Vikings
The Packers have absolutely dominated this series the past six seasons, going 9-3 against their hated rival since the 2006 season.
The Packers get this game at Lambeau coming off the projected loss to the Vikings, which doesn’t bode well for the Vikings. If the Packers are able to shut down Adrian Peterson they should be able to win this game easily. However, if they let the Vikings hang around, this game could remain close. The Vikings play very good defense, better than they have in recent years. The Packers hung 78 points on the Vikings last season. That won’t happen again this season. With all that said, the Packers will be motivated and will win this game. (8-4)
There you have it, the Packers will go 2-1 in their next three games, suffering a tough loss to the Giants next Sunday in New York.
However, I think that the Packers’ loss to the Giants will be their only loss the remainder of the season, as they win the NFC North with a record of 12-4.