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Packers 2017 Schedule: Quick Glance

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Packers 2017 Schedule: Quick Glance

The NFL schedule is set to come out either this week or early next (by my best guess) and so I thought this would be a good opportunity to take a look at some of the match ups the Green Bay Packers will face in 2017.

Obviously they'll face the usual divisional opponents twice.  The Chicago Bears had a rough 2016 so it seems unlikely that either of those two games would be prime time.  But it's still Packers-Bears.  Anything is possible as we saw in 2015.  

The Minnesota Vikings were on the fast track to a division title and serious contention to a Super Bowl run in 2016 until injuries struck and life intervened to return things to normal: the Packers knocking the Vikings out of postseason contention.  Prime time game always possible.

The Detroit Lions made the postseason after a year off and battled with the Packers for the NFC North up until the last week.  Instant rematch to open 2017?

With three games on Thanksgiving now, it's not impossible that the Packers end up in one of those games.  The Lions and Dallas Cowboys both traditionally host the early two games and the Packers will visit both this season.  The third could be another night home game for the Pack or they may be on the road to face another of their road foes.  Or they won't have a Turkey Day game at all.  Who knows.

Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday and Christmas Day a Monday.  One of the two is likely so it should be another year of Packers holiday ball.  Who might be on the schedule?  If it's a home game, the Lions or Bears could be the pick, as both visited Lambeau Field earlier in the 2016 season.  If they're on the road, it's anyone's guess.  Does Santa bring the Super Bowl XLV rematch with the Pittsburgh Steelers that week?  Should be nice and frigid at Heinz Field.

Speaking of the Steelers, I've had this hunch that that could end up the week one game.  But that would then put the Packers on the road for the season opener five straight years.  It seems more likely the Packers start out at Lambeau Field this year.

So who might be the opener?  Assuming it's not one of the divisional games, the other teams visiting Green Bay this season are the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New Orleans Saints, Cincinnati Bengals, Baltimore Ravens and Seattle Seahawks.  Any of them could be the choice.  

Is it Drew Brees's last time at Lambeau?  Jameis Winston's first trip there?  Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has beaten every NFL team (besides the Packers, obviously) except the Bengals.  Is that the pick?  Or do they come out of the gate firing with another rematch against Seattle?  All good scenarios and so it will probably be Baltimore, knowing the NFL.

The Packers will travel to face the Cowboys, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Cleveland Browns, Steelers and their divisional games.  It would seemingly be a crime if the game against Atlanta weren't prime time.  Does the NFL try to spice up Thursday night football with that match up?  The risk there is two teams potentially playing on a short week and a less thrilling game.  I'm thinking Sunday or Monday night.

It's fun to speculate where these games will fall and then see the league completely blow up any logic and put out a schedule that has the Packers on the road for two weeks followed by a bye week.  Maybe this season they'll have the Packers at home for two or three and give them the last bye week.  

What say all of you?

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Nick Perry's picture

No matter what I hope the Packers don't open the season in Atlanta. Anytime after week 4 would be fine, just not the "stadium opener" in Atlanta please. Atlanta has seemed to start the season fast with Matt Ryan most years and the Packers almost always seem to start slow. Let's get the offense in rhythm and the defense especially the CB a few games together before playing them.

Edit... And NO early bye!!!! A bye anytime after week 8 would be perfect!

RCPackerFan's picture

One thing we do know is that the Packers will not start out with 4 games on the road to start the year including preseason. Last year the Packers final 2 preseason games were on the road as well as the first 2 games of the regular season.

Last years Packers schedule was not an easy one. Yeah they supposedly had the weakest schedule. But as they found out it wasn't as weak as most thought. But they also had one of the most difficult schedules of anyone.

Nick Perry's picture

Amen to that! Good to see you posting RC, I didn't see any comments from you these last few days.

RCPackerFan's picture

yeah, i have been extremely busy the last few weeks.

And next week I will be going on vacation so I will not be posting as much then too.

Hopefully this week I will get some more time to be on here...

Allan Murphy's picture

What happen to the other 2 comp pic's the Packers had ?

Nick Perry's picture

Just one Comp pick this year Allan, a 5th rounder. Next year we hopefully receive 4 of them but this year there's just the one.

Spock's picture

FYI: NFL schedule is supposed to come out on the 20th this year (per The Journal Sentinel site).

VollmerLV426's picture

No matter what the schedule ends up being the results never play out as anticipated (except for almost always beating the Bears :). Every season I "hope" for 16-0 and think they can do it if they stay healthy and it never happens lol. (I understand this is highly unlikely everyone lol). My real wish for the schedule is getting a bye week no earlier then week 8 and ending the regular season with more home games then not, then get home field advantage and first round bye for playoffs. At this stage of Rodgers career I want to see the Pack get a stacked deck come playoff time despite the fact they won the Super Bowl playing only on the road and were one and done the only time they were a #1 seed but that seems like ages ago now.....magic word I want for this season instead of "RELAX" and "RUN THE TABLE" is "STAY" stay healthy and stay at Lambeau.

Tundraboy's picture

STAY!

mjbrogno's picture

Who cares where we open, let's come out of the gate ready to play and set the tone for BIG season

Travis_Jervey's picture

After four straight road openers, can't imagine they don't get a Week 1 home game. Other than that, I could see a Week 7 or 8 SNF game to go against baseball playoffs. Those tend to be markets that won't be playing deep into October, so Saints, Bengals, Steelers, Panthers and Falcons could all make sense.

They've also had a Thanksgiving game on 7 of the last 8 odd years, so I fully expect that again. Could see at either DET or DAL followed by a TNF game the following week against the other.

Matt Gonzales's picture

I'm content with a home opener and no divisional games the first two weeks. Didn't mind the early bye but I'm not crazy about teams playing their most statistically important games to start the season.

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