Cory's Corner: I Love The Packers 2024 Schedule

Green Bay gets back to its roots with six noon starts before the bye and then has four-straight prime time starts after the bye. 

It’s that time of year again. It’s schedule analysis time. That time of year when we all get giddy about teams and dates. 

But…there’s a real  reason why you need to be excited. 

I think the schedule fell in the Packers favor this year. And, I know, the Packers haven’t hosted a season opener at Lambeau Field since Matt LaFleur took over in 2019. And this year’s season opener many Packers fans will be trading their T-shirts for Speedos as the Packers start 2024 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. 

But it gets better. Even if Green Bay loses to a very good Eagles team, they get a mini-bye and then take on Indianapolis at home at noon. The next two weeks are also noon and more of the same as they get an inconsistent Titans team and a Minnesota team that is starting over at quarterback. 

A tricky trip to Los Angeles to take on a Rams team that continues to impress with 36-year-old Matthew Stafford at quarterback will ruin the winning streak. But then the noon starts are back. Arizona at home shouldn’t be a challenge, Houston surprised everyone last year, but the Packers playing at home is a huge advantage for Green Bay against a young quarterback. A road trip to Jacksonville to close out October will prove difficult but there’s no reason the Packers cannot beat a Jags team that now has Darnell Savage in its defensive backfield. 

Then the Packers get the Lions at home for a 3:25 p.m. start. I love this matchup because the Lions will likely not be at full strength in Week 9 and all the pressure will be squarely on Jared Goff after he signed a huge four-year, $212 million extension.

That puts the Packers into the bye at the perfect time in Week 10. “You’re never quite sure when the right time is for a bye, although it does seem like it maps out pretty favorably for us,” said Packers coach Matt LaFleur. 

Right after the bye, the Packers get the Bears on the road. This could be played on the moon and the Bears aren’t going to win this one, even though they are much better on paper. In Week 12, the Packers get their hated NFC nemesis, the 49ers. This team has wrecked the dreams of so many Packers fans. Since 2019, including playoffs, the Packers are 2-4 against San Francisco. But can Brock Purdy continue to sprinkle pixie dust as Mr. Irrelevant?

Things get weird in Week 13. The Packers play on a short week by hosting the Dolphins. That team that routinely puts up Tecmo Super Bowl numbers. (Just in case you don’t know, Tecmo Super Bowl is the best football video game of all-time.) Then in Week 14, the Packers go to Detroit for the much-ballyhooed Thursday Night Football. 

In Week 15, the Packers play their third straight prime time game when they travel cross-country to take on Seattle. I don’t think this one will end up with a Fail Mary, but these matchups have been awfully bizarre. The following week, the Packers close out the prime time string by hosting the Saints. New Orleans needed to get tougher and they did by adding Tyrann Mathieu at safety. But the Saints want no part of Green Bay at the end of December. 

In Week 17, the Packers go to Minnesota for a noon start. The Vikings will be out of playoff contention by now and this one could be a laugher. 

The regular season finale brings the Bears to Lambeau. I’ve been saying for years that this is no longer a rivalry thanks to Green Bay owning Chicago to the tune of a 10-0 record  since 2019. 

A 12-5 record is completely possible. I’d like to see how this team reacts to four straight prime time games. There is enough consistency early in the season for this team to come together and build a formidable team. 

And that’s with a two-game losing streak at Detroit and at Seattle in Weeks 14 and 15. This team has tremendous leadership and that is what will power them to an NFC North title. 

 

 

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Cory Jennerjohn is a graduate from UW-Oshkosh and has been in sports media for over 15 years. He was a co-host on "Clubhouse Live" and has also done various radio and TV work as well. He has written for newspapers, magazines and websites. He currently is a columnist for CHTV and also does various podcasts. He recently earned his Masters degree from the University of Iowa. He can be found on Twitter: @Coryjennerjohn

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marpag1's picture

May 18, 2024 at 08:41 am

Never gave a crap about schedule release, and I'm certainly not "giddy" or "excited" about the schedule, and I certainly don't "need to be." You take what you get, nothing you can do about it, no sense in bitching and no sense in rejoicing.

Just play the hand that you're dealt. They set them up, you knock them down.

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GregC's picture

May 18, 2024 at 11:57 am

I'm the same way. There is always a lot of discussion about the preference for starting the season with winnable games, but it really doesn't matter because if they play the easier teams early they will have to play the harder teams later, and vice versa. It all evens out.

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LLCHESTY's picture

May 18, 2024 at 02:31 pm

"I wouldn't tell you no story
Tell you no lie
I was born to love till the day I die
I just line 'em up
And I knock 'em down
And they all came a runnin' when the word got 'round"

Maybe the Packers can do the "Bad Boy Boogie" all over the NFC North this year!

https://youtu.be/P9RzyqwBaqg?si=vQYJYMN6f9Da3MBa

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ricky's picture

May 18, 2024 at 11:53 am

The bye week halfway through the season is a nice gift. But starting the season in Sao Paulo, though not ideal, could be an indicator of what the season might look like. Not just because of playing the Eagles, but the length of the flight, and how LaFleur decides to handle the travel plans. Will the team get there early so they can have some time on the field, so the players have some idea of the suitability of the turf? Here's one answer:

https://www.google.com/search?q=what+kind+of+turf+does+the+sao+paulo+bra...

Sounds good. The bye week also comes at a very good time. But since Love is also due a contract extension, why would the pressure be totally on Goff in the Lions games? Let's see what numbers emerge from the new contract before making that kind of bold statement.

And as far as how good teams are this year? We simply don't know. Injuries, players who ascend or descend unexpectedly, and, of course, the officials on the field will have a say in the outcome of many games. There will be the team that exceeds expectations, and those that under-perform. The season will sort itself out game by game, and we won't know who are contenders or pretenders until much later.

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Swisch's picture

May 18, 2024 at 08:24 pm

The good drama is in not knowing what will be with the Packers of 2024; the extra excitement is the hope that comes from the surge at the end of last season, plus a promising offseason of free agent signings and draft picks.
It's hard to be patient for September, but then again Christmas is more of a celebration for being only once a year.

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Ferrari-Driver's picture

May 18, 2024 at 12:01 pm

The schedule is not a big deal. However, for those members who have the Gold Card tickets will get three games this year as opposed to the usual two and they will get to see all three division games against the Viking, Lions, and Bears in Lambeau field. The Green Card Tickets this year will get to go to the normal six games and while they miss out on all the division games, they will get tickets to the 49ers game played at Lambeau. I live in California and only get to one or two games a year and I'm putting the 49ers game on my schedule since I have the Green Card Package. Also tempting are the back to back games against the Cardinals and Texans in October which I could attend with a single flight, but would have to stay in the area for over a week. We generally stay in Appleton for games at the Hilton Paper Valley Motel where the visiting team is booked for games in Green Bay. That is always interesting to chat with some of the opposing players and they have always been very polite. All in all, it's great to get to see any Packers game in Green Bay. We also play the Rams this year which is conveniently located for me at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles and I can buy tickets on the secondary market for that one. We are all anxious for the season games to being.

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Alberta_Packer's picture

May 18, 2024 at 12:08 pm

Not much to gripe about this season's schedule. Aside to who the Packers will play in their season opener - which could serve as a springboard for future games - I look for when is the bye week. Being in week 10 is ideal. I also like the late schedule run of prime games as good prep for the playoffs.

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Swisch's picture

May 18, 2024 at 08:27 pm

If the Packers are going to play a game overseas, it seems better to have it at the beginning of the season.
Also, although I don't know the time zone for Brazil, it would seem to be less disruptive to the team than the time zones of Europe.

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Straya's picture

May 18, 2024 at 01:08 pm

Can I just give a perspective from about nine time zones away? Noon starts suck. Play every game in prime time on a Thursday (Friday long lunches in Australia).

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Swisch's picture

May 18, 2024 at 08:17 pm

A thumbs up in sympathy.
From another perspective, I hate living in the Eastern Time Zone because the games don't start until 1 p.m.
For me, that's just too long to wait for the action to kickoff -- especially after growing up in Central Time and most recently living in Mountain Time.
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It's even worse for the evening games which start at about 8 p.m. and don't finish until about 11 p.m. -- it's too late at least for this old geezer.
My wife and I are thinking about moving from our current residence about due north of Atlanta not all that far away to Chattanooga -- we recently went there to see the nearby Chickamauga Battlefield, and really liked its downtown along the winding Tennessee River -- but unfortunately, we'd still be just east of the Central Time Zone, in which Nashville is actually located.
Anyway, a fond hello to everyone here at CHTV during the long offseason.
Go Brewers!

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LLCHESTY's picture

May 18, 2024 at 02:45 pm

Just going by QBs(and their coaches) it's a pretty good rookie year for DC Hafley. They play 3 top QBs in Hurts, Stafford and Stroud and a possible top tier Lawrence. Then 3 2nd tier QBs in Goff(2X), Purdy and Tua. Others could rise or fall but if they split those games and win a majority of the others that's a good season. The three game stretch of the 49ers, Dolphins and Lions probably decides if they get a playoff game or two at home and luckily those games are in November.

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Swisch's picture

May 18, 2024 at 08:03 pm

A public service announcement to my friends here at CHTV: While we're eagerly awaiting the schedule for next year, one may find football sustenance this week on the NFL Network at various times with specials related to the Packers and replays of past games of note.
Tomorrow (Sunday) -- at I think 5 p.m. Eastern Time -- is a special about the Ice Bowl of 1967, with the dramatic final drive that provides an exhilarating culmination to the exceptional teamwork of the Packers during the Lombardi Era.
In that moment of icy adversity -- after an abysmal minus-9 yards of offense in the second half -- a sub named Chuck Mercein, called up from a semi-pro league during the season -- gained half of the 68 yards to victory.
(Also worth watching earlier in the afternoon is a special about Lombardi's one season as coach of the Redskins.)
Let's hope that our talented players, coaches, and administrators see in Packers history the necessity of going beyond statistics to character for the exciting challenge of building a winning team.
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Champions are made not merely by the measurements of fantasy football, but by the measure of real men sacrificing for each other to become greater as a team than as individuals. There is a great satisfaction in shared glory that lasts a lifetime.
Our current Packers are so promising on paper, and even as result of a small sampling of past performance, that we do well to hope and pray that they max out their potential by always remembering the personal touch.
Not only is the past a prologue, but it's presented within the hall of fame inside our very home of Lambeau Field.
The 1960s Packers are to be celebrated as personifications of camaraderie and triumph who can inspire us to the enjoyment of future championships.

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pack4to84's picture

May 20, 2024 at 09:46 am

I don't know if anyone else notice, but under schedule there is only 16 game listed for season. It only has the Packers playing the bears once.

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