Predicting the Green Bay Packers’ 2012 Schedule Part 2

By Evan Ream

If you missed part 1 of my Green Bay Packers’ schedule preview, check it out here.

Week 9: vs.Arizona

The Arizona Cardinals have one of the two best receivers in the NFL with Larry Fitzgerald, one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL with Patrick Peterson, and that’s about it. I suspect Cardinals fans are as tired as the rest of the league is of seeing Fitz wide open on every play only for (insert bad quarterback) to put the ball no where near him.

Verdict: Win 9-0

Week 10: Bye

Week 11: at Detroit

This is a tricky game. The Lions will be at home, likely in a must win situation, but the Packers will be coming off their bye week. The Lions have Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson. The Packers have Aaron Rodgers and Greg Jennings. And Jordy Nelson. And Randall Cobb. And Jermichael Finley. And I still think they lose this game…unless the Madden Curse takes is actually a thing. Expect the Lions to win in a shootout.

Verdict: Loss 9-1

Week 12: at New York Giants

I originally thought that they Packers would lose this game, but then I saw the Giants play Wednesday. Expect the Giants to be less than impressive in their Super Bowl hangover season. The Packers will shred their defensive backs even worse than Tony Romo did in the season opener.

Verdict: Win 10-1

Week 13: vs. Minnesota

The only thing that scares me about Minnesota is Joe Webb. Well other than Adrian Peterson actually being good this year, but I’m not so sure that happens. Either way, it’s at home and against the worst team in the division.

Verdict: Win 11-1

Week 14: vs. Detroit

The worst part of the Packers team is their lack of quality running backs. The Lions are even worse than the Packers in this department. This game will be at night in December. Chances of snow: very likely. Chances of being able to throw the ball well: somewhat likely. I’ll take the Packers at home against the Lions any day.

Verdict: Win 12-1

Week 15: at Chicago

Assuming Cutler, Forte, and Marshall are healthy, the Bears should have this one. I think the Bears will actually be very good this year, and I don’t think they will lose many home games, definitely not this one.

Verdict: Loss 12-2

Week 16: vs. Tennessee

Chris Johnson may rush for 200 yards in this game, but it won’t matter because the Packers legitimately have a chance to put up 40 points this game. Oh wait, they do every game. People will only watch this game for the fantasy football implications, of which there will be many.

Verdict: Win 13-2

Week 17: at Minnesota

The Packers will already have the number 1 seed in the NFC locked up for this game, so a majority of the starters will likely play little to no minutes in the last division contest of the season. I think Minnesota is so bad though that Graham Harrell still goes out and does the job, despite playing against Packers-killer Antoine Winfield. Do you think the Packers will risk Rodgers against Jared Allen? Yeah me neither.

Verdict: Win 14-2

Well there you have it. The Packers will enter the season as the number 1 seed in the NFC for the second year in a row, but maybe this year they will win a playoff game.

Check back tomorrow for my in-depth preview of the Packers’ first game against the 49ers.

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