The Packers’ 2017 NFL Schedule: A Look Ahead and Season Predictions

 

Last week on the 19th of April, the NFL announced its 2017 regular and preseason schedule for the entire league. The Packers have been touted as having one of the easier schedules this season with their opponents having a winning percentage .480 of last year. Green Bay opens the regular season up at Lambeau Field against the Seattle Seahawks, who have acquired former Running Back Eddie Lacy this past offseason.

After that, the Packers will travel to Atlanta to christen the Falcons’ new stadium on Sunday Night Football, giving the Pack a chance to avenge their losses against the Falcons last year, including a 48-21 beatdown in the NFC Title game the previous season. The two teams also met up in week 8, and the Packers lost in a 33-32 heartbreaker. This should give Green Bay plenty of motivation to take down the defending NFC Champs on their new home field. This year, the Packers will face only 4 teams that were in the playoffs a year ago, (Pittsburgh, Detroit, Seattle, and Dallas). So the Packers should be able to have a relatively successful season.

The most anticipated game of the season this year, outside of Eddie Lacy’s return to Lambeau, will be a week 5 match-up against the Dallas Cowboys on the road that will air on Fox at 4:25pm. The Packers narrowly defeated Dallas 34-31, in the divisional round of the 2016-17 playoffs, on a last second field goal by Kicker Mason Crosby.

The Packers will come into 2017 with high hopes as well as question marks surrounding their team, ‘Will their running game improve?’ and ‘Can their defense regain their oppressive nature once more?’ These answers and more will present themselves as the season approaches, but right now, there’s plenty of reasons to be optimistic. When the Packers are healthy they’re a very dangerous football team, the most recent example of a healthy Packer team doing a lot of damage was in 2014, when the Packers went 12 wins and 4 losses only to lose in the NFC Title Game in Seattle. The Packers have gone to the NFC Championship game twice in the last three years, hopefully the Packers can break through the wall and earn a chance to win a Super Bowl once again, and perhaps have the tandem of Head Coach Mike McCarthy and Quarterback Aaron Rodgers be Super Bowl Champions again. Time is running out on A-Rod’s career, but as long as he’s still playing at a high level, and the other question marks about the team get answered, there’s no reason why Green Bay won’t have another successful run.

I predict that the Packers will make yet another playoff run and win the NFC North Division yet again with an 11-5 record. A lot of people may be thinking that the Pack will get back to the Super Bowl, but only time will tell if that’ll be the case.

 

http://www.bloggingtheboys.com/2017/1/2/14147148/2017-nfl-strength-of-schedule-for-all-32-nfl-teams

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Why Teams Really Don’t Want Kaepernick

                                                    

Back in week 11 of 2012 The 49ers let second year QB Colin Kaepernick get his first NFL start against the Bears. The result was beating the Bears 32-7 at home, which sparked a Super Bowl run that resulted in a 34-31 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. The 49ers would return to the NFC Championship game the following season only to lose 23-17 to divisional rival Seattle. Since then things have changed dramatically, Kap has lost and regained his job repeatedly throughout the last 3 years, and the 49ers haven’t been to the playoffs since 2013. Kap’s inconsistent play coupled with his refusal to salute the flag, but rather take a knee for reasons of protesting the corrupt justice system’s ways of being racially unfair against blacks and other minorities have made him an unwanted free agent.

A lot of people have been speculating why Kaepernick hasn’t been picked up by a team after being released by the 49ers and have come up with several reasons that dance around the obvious. One article has cited that Kap’s Vegan diet and commitment to the game as reasons why he’s not a viable pick for any team, but we all know that’s not the case at all. Teams may claim he’d be a distraction, but the real reason is that these teams are afraid that of Kap, is because they don’t want to deal with his protesting, which may in turn hurt the team’s reputation. Kaepernick has played okay the past three years, throwing 41 Touchdown passes Vs. 20 Interceptions, and has amassed a QB rating of 81.5 since 2014. He still has the ability to scramble out of the pocket and hurt defenses on the run, so talent wise, he can still pull it off. The 49ers have struggled the past few years for more pressing reasons, getting rid of Head Coach Jim Harbaugh hurt the team immensely, when Harbaugh was fired, the team started to fall apart, sparking the bad luck of the last 3 years. The talent around Kaepernick hasn’t been that strong either, offensively, the 49ers ranked 25th in 2014, 32nd in 2015, and 27th in 2016. But Kaepernick has been one of the few elements of the team that has been successful. The 49ers hired Kyle Shanahan on February 6th, as their new head coach, and it looks as if he’ll have QB questions on his hands.  Kaepernick is a free agent and the QB’s on the 49ers’ roster don’t conjure up much confidence.

Kaepernick has been a very polarizing figure the past year or so since he infamously kneeled during the nation anthem, as long as teams continue to make excuses for Kap not being a team worthy asset, the more obvious it is to me that they don’t want the added attention on their team or the scrutiny from the media over this. Their reputations are too precious for these teams to maintain to hire a wildcard that certainly still has enough talent to get the job done.

http://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/sfo/2016.htm

http://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/sfo/2015.htm

http://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/sfo/2014.htm

https://www.forbes.com/sites/simonogus/2017/04/03/nfl-teams-reportedly-concerned-about-colin-kaepernicks-commitment-and-vegan-diet/#4f3f391f170f