Packers 2018 schedule release: Game-by-game predictions

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 08: Aaron Rodgers
ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 08: Aaron Rodgers /
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ATLANTA, GA – SEPTEMBER 17: Aaron Rodgers
ATLANTA, GA – SEPTEMBER 17: Aaron Rodgers /

Week 13: vs. Arizona Cardinals

This is one of the few games on the schedule the Packers should win comfortably. The Cardinals aren’t the team they were a few years ago, even with the addition of Sam Bradford. I like Green Bay in this one, and as it’s at Lambeau, it could be a big victory. Packers 35, Cardinals 21 (8-4)

Week 14: vs. Atlanta Falcons

Atlanta’s offense has caused a number of problems for Green Bay the past couple of years. I’m interested to see how Mike Pettine’s defense matches up with the Falcons. The fact this game is played at Lambeau could make a big difference. Not only does playing outdoors against a dome team help the Packers’ defense, but playing at home is also great news for Green Bay’s offense. Packers 33, Falcons 27 (9-4)

Week 15: at Chicago Bears

Green Bay has won eight straight at Soldier Field, dating all the way back to the NFC Championship Game in 2011. Who won the Super Bowl that year, by the way? I forgot. But all streaks must come to an end. I like what the Bears have done this offseason, and they finally beat the Packers in front of their home fans. Bears 28, Packers 24 (9-5)

Week 16: at New York Jets

Which rookie quarterback will be a member of the Jets this season? It’s hard to imagine they traded up to No. 3 in the draft not to take a QB, right? Whether it’s Teddy Bridgewater, Josh McCown or a rookie passer making the start, Green Bay wins. And Muhammad Wilkerson will make the key defensive play at the end to beat his former team. Packers 20, Jets 17 (10-5)

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Week 17: vs. Detroit Lions

Remember when the Lions couldn’t win at Lambeau? I miss those days. It’s time for a new winless streak for Detroit in Wisconsin. Until Green Bay fixes its pass defense, Matthew Stafford will always be a concern. But at home, I expect Aaron Rodgers and company to be too good, giving the Packers a crucial divisional victory. Who knows how important this win could be in the season finale? Packers 30, Lions 20 (11-5)