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Breaking Down the Packers 2012 Schedule

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Breaking Down the Packers 2012 Schedule

The NFL released the 2012 schedule Tuesday, including the 16-game schedule the Packers will face next season.

Here's a short breakdown on Green Bay's slate of games:

What's to like

- Five primetime games. Despite a rich history, 2012 will mark the first ever season in which Green Bay plays five games under the lights. Primetime games are always a good platform for a team like the Packers to expand their brand.

- Start at home. The games aren't easy, but Green Bay does open the season with two games at Lambeau Field. There's something to be said about starting fast, and getting two games in Green Bay helps that cause.

- "Easy" middle stretch. I tread lightly with the word easy, as no game at this level is going to be a cakewalk. But a stretch through October and into November features games against the Indianapolis Colts, St. Louis Rams, Arizona Cardinals and Jacksonville Jaguars doesn't look especially daunting.

- Finish in Minnesota. The Metrodome hasn't always been a friendly place for the Packers, but it does mark a comfortable weather environment for Green Bay to finish the season. Closing the season against the NFC North's weakest member helps too.

- Good bye week placement. The Packers get two home games before taking a week off in early November. That could prove to be important, as Green Bay then travels to Detroit and New York for important games following the bye.

What's to dislike

- Tough opening stretch. The 49ers will prove to be a tough opener, and the NFL did no favors in giving Green Bay a Thursday night game just four days later against Chicago. While the team will arguably be at its freshest point, that's no easy task to face a physical football team like the 49ers before a quick turnover. A Monday night trip to Seattle to face Matt Flynn and the up-and-coming Seahawks won't be easy, and the Saints—who come to Green Bay in Week 4—still have a guy named Drew Brees leading a pretty good offense.

- Late division run. The Packers have a weird end of the season, to say the least. Instead of spreading out the division games, Green Bay faces five division opponents over the final seven weeks. That means the Packers will face Chicago in Week 2 and then not see another NFC North opponent until Detroit in Week 11. Odd.

- One home game in October and November. The Packers are just one of two teams with a three-game road trip on the schedule, and the bye in November ensures Green Bay plays just two home games over an eight-week stretch. You need to win road games to have a chance in this league, but that's a tough middle-of-the-season run.


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packsmack25's picture

Nifty write-up on short notice Zach, good job.

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Brian Carriveau's picture

Ditto. Awesome insight.

Jamie's picture

Agree. Touched on a couple things I noticed and few I hadn't.

aussiepacker's picture

Was thinking the same thing while reading this.

Fan since 57's picture

The Thursday night game against the Bears is on the NFL network. For those of us that have chosen not to purchase the NFL network, do you think this game will be on local TV ?
I know go to a local watering hole and crawl home.

WisconsinRob's picture

In Green Bay & Milwaukee, the game will be on local TV showing the NFL Network feed. Madison & Everywhere else is off to find a bar or get the NFLN

PackersRS's picture

Or google our good friend first row sports.

Doug In Sandpoint's picture

Last time I checked first row sports' domain had been siezed by the DOJ and ICE. An official- looking notice comes up that makes me wonder if the black helicopters will be circling overhead. Need to find the next alternative out there.

PackersRS's picture

No no. It's still there. New domain. Working perfectly.

Fair winds, matey!

FITZCORE1252's EVO's picture

Lol Doug. Same thing happened to me, nobody's kicked my door in... Yet.

Jenna's picture

A few years back, we played the Cowboys on NFL Network. I live 30 minutes from Green Bay and got the game on local TV. Hope that helps.

Evan's picture

Great breakdown.

In my lifetime, the Pack almost always rise to the challenge of those 3 away game stretches.

My biggest complaint is so few home games in November/December. Though this team seems to not perform the greatest in the cold. So maybe a blessing in disguise.

PackersRS's picture

This team has been together, in GB, for at least 3 years.

Don't know how much difference 2 games will make.

And they'll have to play home in the playoffs anyway (they have to play the games first bla bla bla).

KurtMc's picture

Agree - Nice analysis.

The start with 49ers & Bears is really tough. Thanks NFL.

The November 25 8pm, December 2nd 1pm, then Dec 9th @ 8pm is also a puzzler? Add the travel time & it makes for a short 3 weeks.

Mojo's picture

The games against the Queens near the end of the season should just about guarantee two wins. If the Queens aren't out of it by early December they certainly will be at the end of the month. They should be one of the worst teams in the NFL this upcoming season.

The three game OTR stretch should be interesting. Could the middle game against Houston be a SB preview? Nice to have white bread on both sides of that meat sandwich.

I'm guessing the Bear December game will be flexed-up to a later time.

Nice time for the bye after nine games.

19 and 0.

BubbaOne's picture

Other things to like:
Players (and MM) like routine as much as possible. After the MNF game the last 13 games are on Sundays.

Travel-wise, I'll take this stretch of 3 road games. It could have been @ Seattle, @ Houston, @ Giants.

Tenn has to come to Lambeau in Dec.

BubbaOne's picture

...and the other two Dec. home games are against dome teams, Minny and Detroit.

The only west coast trip is on a Monday.

Chazman's picture

Packer People -
I started watching the Packers when Lynn Dickey threw to James Lofton and Eddie Lee Ivory fumbled after a nice run, I have been to a couple of away games when they came close to where I lived but never a game at Lambeau. I turn 50 this year and want to see a game - What is the best way to get tickets?

PackMatt's picture

Chazman, now that the schedule has been released you could easily google packers tickets and see whats available. I beleive is where I got good tix right after the schedule was released a couple years ago. Make sure you have enough time to visit the Hall of Fame and do the Lambeau Field Tour as they are well worth the $10.

packsmack25's picture

Come alone and bring cash or check TiqIQ here.

Chazman's picture

Nice. Thanks. I'll go with check TiqIQ.

MarkinMadison's picture

So the Packers close out with a game at Minnesota, against a team that will likely be in turmoil, and at a point where the outcome of the game will probably be meaningless. I guess we'll find out this year whether MM has had second thoughts about resting key players for the last game or not. My guess is, he thinks he did the right thing.

packsmack25's picture

I'd rather play them early. They'll be young this year, and AP figures to be closer to full strength toward the end of the season. Young teams with nothing to lose are the scariest teams to play late.

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