By the time the season gets under way, Aaron Rodgers will be the highest paid player in the league. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Here's a quick review of the Green Bay Packers 2013 schedule


Given the Green Bay Packers schedule this season, they may need some prayers, along with some skill and luck.
Raymond T. Rivard photograph

We all know that the Green Bay Packers will open the 2013 campaign where they left off last season – at Candlestick Park in San Francisco playing the 49ers.

Questions about whether the Packers offseason study of the read-option was enough to stop it will be tested right out of the gate.

Packers fans don’t want to see this again …
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After all, we remember the 579 yards the Niners rolled up against the Packers and how quarterback Colin Kaepernick sliced effortlessly and untouched for 181 yards through the Packers defense. Will Packers coordinator Dom Capers have an answer?

We hope so, because the very next week the Packers will open at home against another quarterback, Robert Griffin III, who knows a thing or two about running and passing the football. When he comes to town with the Redskins the Packers, for the second straight week, will face a top caliber 2012 Playoff team and will face another on the road in week three when they travel to Cincinnati to take on the up and down Bengals. This tough start to the 2013 season will come to a halt in week four when the Packers enjoy an early bye week.

It appears at this point that the Packers don’t catch a break at any point in this campaign as I don’t see a single cupcake on this schedule – but that’s what separates the good teams from the great. If the Packers can come out of the first three games with at least two wins, they will head into the meat of the schedule in good shape.

They begin that part of the schedule by hosting the Detroit Lions Oct. 6 at Lambeau Field for their first NFC North Division matchup. But if things were tough up to that point, the Packers certainly can’t let their guard down when they travel Oct. 13 to Baltimore to take on the world champion Ravens. With another late Sunday game Oct. 20, the Packers will host the Cleveland Browns and then close out the month of October on the road against Divisional rival Minnesota Vikings and former Packer Greg Jennings.

In a quick turnaround of games, the Packers will host the Bears on Monday Night Football Nov. 4 and then turn around Sunday, Nov. 10, with a home game against the revamped Philadelphia Eagles.

Heading into the final seven games of the season, the Packers will have four road games and three at home. They begin on the road against the New York Giants on Sunday Night Football Nov. 17, then have another quick turnaround by hosting the Vikings Nov. 24.

But then as if the schedule couldn’t get any worse, it does. Four days after playing the Vikings at home Nov. 24, they play the early Thanksgiving Day game against the Detroit Lions on the road.

By the time the season gets under way, Aaron Rodgers will be the highest paid player in the league.
Raymond T. Rivard photograph

The last quarter of the season will begin with a Sunday night game against the Atlanta Falcons Dec. 8, at home, followed by a trip to the Dallas Cowboys Dec. 15 in a 3:25 p.m. game. On Dec. 22, the Packers meet the Pittsburgh Steelers in a rematch of Super Bowl XLV in the final home game of the season.

To conclude the season, the Packers will play at Chicago, ending a season that will test the Packers resolve and depth.

In all, the Packers will play four late Sunday afternoon games, two Sunday Night games, one Monday night game, and seven early Sunday games. They will also play seven playoff teams.

How do I feel the Packers will fare? Well, it’s difficult to pick games in April, but I’ll give it a shot.

at 49ers – loss

vs. Redskins – win

at Bengals – win

vs. Lions – win

at Ravens – win

vs. Browns – win

at Vikings – loss

vs. Bears – win

vs. Eagles – win

at Giants – loss

vs. Vikings – win

at Lions – win

vs. Falcons – win

at Cowboys – win

vs. Steelers – win

at Chicago – loss

Packers finish 12-4 and their third straight NFC North Division title


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