Schedule First Take

The Packers schedule on first take looks pretty good. Five of the first eight games on the road, then the bye week and five of eight at home, which I think certainly helps the Packers’ 2015 Super Bowl odds. As I expected the Packers will open in Seattle to kick off the NFL season in a rematch of the game that will go down in history as the only game decided by the wrong call on the last play.

I definitely got what I wished for and that tired old phrase doesn’t always hold true. The Packers will be more than ready to play this one not just because of the stolen game but because of the way they ended last season. The Packers feel they were ready to take off last year and if Micah Hyde catches the ball they might have done just that. Now they have an opportunity to make amends on the game’s biggest stage.

The NFL schedule release day is one of my favorite days of the year. It creates the most intrigue outside of draft day than any other offseason event, including free agency. Now we can start predicting the Packers’ and our division opponent’s records.

Granted, many things can happen along the way, but I see 12 wins no problem if 12 stays healthy. The Bears have an odd schedule with playing back-to-back Thursday games and playing five out eight division games down the stretch. The Lions only play three home games after November 9th while the Vikings only play three road games during that time.

At the same time the Packers are playing road games at Minnesota, Buffalo and Tampa Bay. Not exactly a murderers row. It would not shock me if the Packers’ last home game versus Detroit decides the division.

Draft day is up next. Can’t wait!

 

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