Last week I gave you my Badgers Football picks for the year--today, we look at the Packers' upcoming schedule:
Week 1--vs San Francisco--I love the way the Niners play--running the ball and playing defense. It's a quaint throwback to the NFL I enjoyed as a kid--before Fantasy Football stats became the most important thing at League offices. I think Jim Harbaugh has his team ready, and San Fran upsets the Pack at Lambeau 28-27.
Week 2--at Chicago--It's a tough turnaround for the Pack, as they go from a late Sunday game to one of those stupid Thursday night NFL Network games--but the last time I checked, Jay Cutler is still the Bears starting quarterback, so Green Bay should be okay. Packers win 31-10.
Week 3--at Seattle--It will be entertaining to watch former Badgers QB Russell Wilson pick apart the pathetic Packers secondary. But the Seahawks defense is just as bad. The Packers win a shootout 41-34.
Week 4--vs New Orleans--Everyone seems to think the Saints are going to rally around the BountyGate suspension and still compete for a title this year. I doubt it. Packers run it up at home 38-28.
Week 5--at Indianapolis--It will be entertaining to watch former rookie QB Andrew Luck pick apart the pathetic Packers secondary. But the Colts just don't have the horses to hang with Aaron Rodgers. The Packers win a shootout 41-24.
Week 6--at Houston--The Texans are the "sexy" Super Bowl pick in the AFC this year. Former Badger JJ Watt will harass A Rod all day--but the Packers get a big road win 30-17.
Week 7--at St Louis--The Rams are pathetic. Packers cruise to a third straight road win 40-14.
Week 8--vs Jacksonville--The Pack continues to roll through the easy part of its schedule, 42-0.
Week 9--vs Arizona--The Pack continues to roll through the easy part of its schedule, 33-7.
Week 10--BYE WEEK--I predict Fox Valley malls are packed on that Sunday as everyone gets their XMas shopping done when there is no game on.
Week 11--at Detroit--The Lions proved last year, they weren't as good (or disciplined) to hang with the Pack. A well rested Green Bay wins on the road 24-17.
Week 12--at the New York Football Giants--Sweet revenge for the NFC Divisional playoff loss at Lambeau last season? Nope, the G-men win again 30-27.
Week 13--vs Minnesota--The Vikes are worse than bad--especially since Adrian Peterson will be hurt again by this point of the season. Green Bay wins 34-10.
Week 14--vs Detroit--Expect the Lions to talk big about fixing the mistakes they made in the first matchup. Same result though, Packers 24-17 again.
Week 15--at Chicago--Is Jay Cutler still at Quarterback? Packers 26-12.
Week 16--vs Tennessee--Packers win easily again, 33-10.
Week 17--at Minnesota--This will probably be a meaningless game, with the Pack having clinched the division and the number two seed in the NFC. But Mike McCarthy won't take his foot off the gas this year--blowing out the Vikes 35-7.
After a 14-2 regular season, the Packers get a first round bye--then face the Wild Card Dallas Cowboys in the Divisional Playoffs. This kills me, but Tony Romo stinks up Lambeau and the Packers win 27-20.
The NFC Championship game features a rematch of Week 1--as the Pack heads to San Francisco. Amazingly, defense and a running game beats throwing the ball on every down again! The 49ers go to the Super Bowl with a 24-21 win.
Of course, if Aaron Rodgers gets hurt at any point this season--all of the predicted wins will be switched to losses--based on the clueless performances we've seen so far from backup QB Graham Harrell.
Enjoy the pigskin!