The Green Bay Packers schedule for the 2013 NFL regular season has been released. The schedule is loaded with plenty of exciting matchups for the upcoming season. However, what is the one that stands out as the No. 1 game to watch this year?
After carefully examining the schedule, the top contest all Packers fans around the world should circle on their calendar is the first game of the season. Green Bay will travel to California to take on the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park in a NFC Divisional Playoff rematch. Kickoff for the game will be Sept. 8 at 3:25 p.m.
The Packers have been waiting all offseason for a possible shot at redemption, and the NFL has granted them it. Green Bay got spanked in front of a national television audience when San Francisco put up a whopping 579 yards of total offense. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick also rushed for 181 yards, which set an NFL record by a quarterback for a postseason game.
For one to think that the Packers just forgot about the embarrassing loss would be foolish. Green Bay’s defense has spent a majority of the offseason working on the read-option offense that San Francisco dominated them with in the playoff loss. In fact, head coach Mike McCarthy sent his defensive coaches to Texas A&M to learn how to stop it.
Other notable matchups on the schedule are as follows:
Oct. 13 at Baltimore Ravens: The Packers get to take on the Super Bowl champions with an opportunity to prove that they are the better team.
Oct. 27 at Minnesota Vikings: Wide receiver Greg Jennings gets to take on his former team on Sunday Night Football.
Nov. 28 at Detroit Lions: Green Bay takes on Detroit on Thanksgiving Day. The Packers are 4-0 against the Lions on Thanksgiving under McCarthy.
Dec. 8 vs. Atlanta Falcons: Homefield advantage throughout the playoffs could be on the line this late in the season.
Dec. 22 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers: Rematch of Super Bowl XLV being played at legendary Lambeau Field.