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.