We’ve got live football coming soon but we’re still a few weeks away from the Green Bay Packers regular season. Close enough, however, that I feel comfortable predicting how their season might play out.
As the NFC North champs and the 1-seed in the conference for the 2020 season, the Green Bay Packers will lineup against the 1-seed from the AFC, the Kansas City Chiefs, and the other three NFC divisional champs. They’ll also face the NFC West, AFC North, and of course the familiar NFC North foes.
That gives the Packers a difficult schedule, actually the fourth most difficult based on 2020 records. Ten of their opponents qualified for the playoffs last year.
Still, the Green Bay Packers return one of the most talented rosters in the NFL and the reigning MVP. They’ll be favored in almost every game this season and should be able to pull out a healthy amount of wins. But how many exactly?
Week 1 @ Saints – W
With a roster that’s worse than last years’, the Saints shouldn’t be that competitive. The Green Bay Packers are early 2.5 point favorites.
Week 2 vs Lions – W
I feel the Lions are on the verge of collapse and ready for a rebuild. This is a win for the Packers.
Week 3 @49ers – W
This could be the first real test for the Green Bay Packers, especially in San Francisco. Still, the Packers are the better team with the better quarterback.
Week 4 vs Steelers – W
The Steelers are not a talented team and I believe they’ll prove that plenty this year.
Week 5 @ Bengals – W
I like the Bengals a lot and I think they have the potential to surprise the Packers this year. This could be a tight matchup but I still have the Packers flying home victorious.
Week 6 @ Bears – L
I’d be shocked if the Green Bay Packers made it through the 2021 season unscathed. It would be much less shocking to see them lose a tight one against a divisional foe following what could be a dramatic away game in Cincinatti.
Week 7 vs Washington Football Team – W
WFT may be the best team in the NFC East but they still aren’t a match for the Green Bay Packers. I expect the green and gold to rebound in a big way in week 7.
Week 8 @ Cardinals – W
Nothing against the Cardinals – they’re a fine team. But again, the better team comes away with a win.
Week 9 @ Chiefs – L
Game of the year! Arguably the two best teams colliding for league supremacy. At the end of the day, Mahomes and Arrowhead Stadium prove to be too much for the Green Bay Packers and they leave town with their second loss of the season.
That leaves the Packers at 7-2 at the halfway point, good enough for the third seed in the NFC and 1st in the NFC North.
Week 10 vs Seahawks – W
A familiar foe to the West, the Seahawks and Packers seem to play each other almost every year. It will be their 8th meeting in as many seasons, including the playoffs. Again, the Packers should rebound following a loss.
Week 11 @ Vikings – W
This is another case of the better team with the better quarterback coming out victorious, however, I expect this game to be a tough one in Minnesota.
Week 12 vs Rams – W
In a meeting of two NFC heavyweights in midseason form, the Green Bay Packers should be favored at home. They’ll have to bring their A-game because I doubt this matchup against the Rams will be as easy as the one last January.
Week 13 BYE
Week 14 vs Bears – W
The Packers have an opportunity for redemption week 14, following their bye week. The Bears will be visiting and probably in the middle of transitioning to their QB of the future. The growing pains will catch up to them here.
Week 15 @ Ravens – L
In Baltimore against a Ravens squad that could be desperate for a win, the Packers may have their hands full. This might be loss #3.
Week 16 vs Browns – W
In yet another meeting against a talented team, the Packers are the better of the two. They’ll be in position to earn another victory following a loss.
Week 17 vs Vikings – W
The Vikings may be in the middle of another playoff push while the Packers could be competing for the 1-seed. In a matchup where both teams should be on top of their game, the Packers should come away with a win.
Week 18 @ Lions – W
The Lions could already be looking toward the draft at this point in the season while the Packers should have their eye on the playoffs. As long as they’re not caught sleeping in this one, the Packers should be just fine.
That gives the Green Bay Packers a regular-season record of 14-3 and the 1-seed heading into the playoffs. I predicted every game of the season, not just the Packers. The playoff seedings turned out as follows.
AFC Playoff Seedings
- Kansas City Chiefs (14-3)
- Buffalo Bills (13-4)
- Tennessee Titans (12-5)
- Cleveland Browns (10-7)
- New England Patriots (10-7)
- Miami Dolphins (10-7) (Patriots receiver 5th seed due to head-to-head victories)
- Los Angeles Chargers (9-8) (Chargers edge out Ravens due to head-to-head victory)
NFC Playoff Seedings
- Green Bay Packers (14-3)
- Los Angeles Rams (13-4)
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers (12-5)
- Washington Football Team (11-6)
- Seattle Seahawks (12-5)
- Dallas Cowboys (10-7)
- San Francisco (10-7) (Cowboys given 7th-seed due to higher win percentage in common games)
For the second straight season, the Green Bay Packers earn the 1-seed in the NFC. Let’s just hope that they get their act together in the postseason.