Packers 2012 Schedule Analyzed
By Brian E Murphy
~Packers 2012 Schedule
Wk Date Matchup TV Time (Central)
1 Sun, Sept. 9 vs. San Francisco 49ers FOX 3:15 p.m.
The 49ers were a punt returner away from the Super Bowl last year. They’re on the rise under now 2nd-year coach Jim Harbaugh. They’ve given Alex Smith a couple new weapons to go with All-World tiht end Vernon Davis. Randy Moss and Mario Manningham are now new toys for Alex to throw to.
This is a very stern week one test for the Packers.
2 Thu, Sept. 13 vs. Chicago Bears NFLNetwork 7:20 p.m.
Again at home, the Packers welcome their long-time division rivals the Bears. Chicago was starting to get on a roll last year when Jay Cutler suffered a season-ending injury. Matt Forte and Brian Urlacher also later suffered season-ending injuries. Cutler is back, and so is his favorite receiver Brandon Marshall. Marshall won in his last visit to Lambeau Field.
3 Mon, Sept. 24 at Seattle Seahawks ESPN 7:30 p.m.
Matt Flynn should be facing his long-time team the Packers. Rodgers versus Flynn is nice enough, but Seattle is tough at home and figures to feature Marshawn Lynch. These first three games are opportunities for younger NFC teams to measure their progress, and possibly knock down the cream of the crop, the Packers.
4 Sun, Sept. 30 vs. New Orleans Saints FOX 3:15 p.m.
Last year’s great opener, which most people were assuming would be the NFC Championship game. Surprise, neither team even made it to that game. The Saints will have a new coach, and new defensive coorinator, but expect the same offense to show up with Drew Brees engineering that high-octane offense and the tall tight end Jimmy Graham creating mismatches.
5 Sun, Oct. 7 at Indianapolis Colts FOX 12 p.m.
A closeup look at Andrew Luck awaits. I expect the Colts are not a terrible, lifeless team, so this game is no cupcake like many think it will be.
6 Sun, Oct. 14 at Houston Texans NBC 7:20 p.m.
A very serious test against the high octane Arian Foster & Andre Johnson dymanic duo on offense, and Brooks Reed, Connor Barwin attacking the passer. The Texans won a playoff game last year with their number 3 QB playing, and almost beat the Ravens in the AFC semifinal. They expect to be better. The Houston crowd will be going crazy with their primetime showcase.
7 Sun, Oct. 21 at St. Louis Rams FOX 12 p.m.
Not a lot to spotlight here, which is why it’s one of the few noon games.
8 Sun, Oct. 28 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars CBS 12 p.m.
Another game with not a lot of excitement. Hopefully Blaine Gabbert will still be at the helm for the Jags.
A Florida game in late October, I was hoping this would be a December game for the traveling cheeseheads to get a little winder getaway down South.
9 Sun, Nov. 4 vs. Arizona Cardinals FOX 12 p.m.
Larry Fitzgerald and Beanie Wells pay a visit to Green Bay. The Packers still owe it to the Cardinals following the 2010 Wildcard loss in overtime, 51-45, on the strip-sack-TD off Aaron Rodgers.
11 Sun, Nov. 18 at Detroit Lions FOX 12 p.m.
A huge game for the rising Lions. They expect to take over the division from the Packers, and this game will be their chance to do that. This is a growing rivalry obviously.
12 Sun, Nov. 25 at New York Giants NBC 8:20 p.m.
Rodgers has beaten Eli Manning in the regular season no problem. But Eli has owned the Packers in the playoffs.
While that proves the regular season is overrated in the big picture, this will be a game the Packers are eager to play.
13 Sun, Dec. 2 vs. Minnesota Vikings FOX 1 p.m.
The Packers don’t see the Vikings until the final month of the season? And they play twice in that month? Who made this schedule? Will Christian Ponder be entrenched as a solid, franchise quarterback, or will they and he struggle all year long?
14 Sun, Dec. 9 vs. Detroit Lions NBC 8:20 p.m.
Another poor job by the schedule-makers having these two teams play twice in a 3-week span.
The timing of key injuries could help one team an awful lot in these two matchups.
15 Sun, Dec. 16 at Chicago Bears FOX 1 p.m.
Could be very cold and windy in Chicago the week before Christmas. If both healthy, this could be a game that decides a playoff birth for one team, or both.
16 Sun, Dec. 23 vs. Tennessee Titans CBS 1 p.m.
On paper, this looks like one of those cupcakes. But this time last year, the Chiefs looked like one, especially if you knew they’d be missing their best player on offense, on defense, and their starting QB.
17 Sun, Dec. 30 at Minnesota Vikings FOX 1 p.m.
Could this be a game where the Vikings are chasing history, trying to match the Lions that went 0-16?
Could the Packers be chasing history at 15-0? Anything in the middle is more likely.
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