The Green Bay Packers have their work cut out for them over the next 13 weeks. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Green Bay Packers: Life After the Bye


Green Bay Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy
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Today, Green Bay Packer fans get a break from the tension and excitement of watching our favorite heroes lace up their spikes and challenge another NFL team.

It’s bye week, gang!

However, what awaits the Packers beyond this Sunday? We have 13 more games starting with two home games against the Detroit Lions and the Cleveland Browns with a road game with the Ravens in between that league sandwich.

I think we can do 2-1 in this stretch. The Packers have generally fared rather well at home against Detroit and the Browns, while surprising the Vikings in their own stadium, should not pull a return performance at Lambeau Field. The defending champion Ravens look quite good despite losing LB Ray Lewis to retirement and S Ed Reed via free agency to Houston.

The next four games involve the aforementioned Minnesota Vikings and New York Giants on the road with the Chicago Bears and Philadelphia Eagles at Green Bay.

Realistically, that looks like 2-2 but could turn into a 3-1 run with some luck. All of the teams listed are beatable. The Bears game will, of course, be difficult as Chicago generally plays the Packers tough and they are an improved squad. The Vikings are not very good and the Giants are having a bit of internal strife and inconsistent play.

Green Bay may be able to sneak into New York and pull off a win unless the Giants pull it together by then.

The last six games involve the Vikings, Atlanta Falcons and Pittsburgh Steelers at home, and the Lions, Dallas Cowboys and Bears on the road.

The Bears game is the regular season finale and could be for the division title.

This is a rough stretch.

I expect Green Bay to take their home games, but they will need to be hot to pull off two out of three on the road.

The Lions and the Cowboys may be the most likely suspects that the Packers could pick off. If the team has their act together, that could be a 5-1 run to the finish.

It could be done. This team has caught fire in the past and we all know what that led to the Super Bowl in 2010.

Should be interesting.

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