The Green Bay Packers have shown themselves to be a pretty good team since Brett Favre left the fold in 2008 and Aaron Rodgers took over the starting quarterback position. The 2010 season schedule (via ESPN) holds the promise of moving them a little further along the path to the Super Bowl than the Wild Card game (where they finished last season) and, if things work out, into the Super Bowl itself. And despite the setback of losing running back Ryan Grant for the entire season (ankle injury) in the first game against the Philadelphia Eagles, the Green Bay Packers look set to go 6-0 before taking on North Division rivals Minnesota.
Of course, Green Bay could lose due to the “any given Sunday” rule, but there doesn’t seem among the remaining five contestants that can meet the Packers and come out winners. But beginning in Week 7, the Packers just might start a bit of a slide, because the calibre of their opponents begin to get much better. After taking on the Vikings at home, they will travel to New York to play the Jets. The 2010 schedule will not get any easier in the next several weeks, if NFL power rankings are accurate, because they will then take on the Dallas Cowboys (although they will have home field advantage) and, after a bye in Week 10, Minnesota again (but this time in Minneapolis). Then it’s on to Atlanta to play a Falcons that are predicted to place just behind the New Orleans Saints in the NFC South.
The Packers might get a bit of a respite in Week 13 against the San Francisco 49ers, but if the hype about the Bay area team is anywhere near accurate, their first loss to Seattle will not be indicative of their season. Week 14 of the 2010 schedule sees a match-up against Detroit.
Before finishing the season against an always tough Chicago, the Packers will take on the resurgent New England Patriots and the New York Giants, who are looking to erase their embarrassing 2009 regular season.
Green Bay entered the season with the #4 ranked quarterback in the NFL in Aaron Rodgers and the #7 running back. Ryan Grant’s injury putting him out for the season and starting fullback Korey Hall also injured (hip), the Packers have to rely on second man Quinn Johnson at fullback and newly acquired Dimitri Nance (from Atlanta). A halting or nonexistent running game could see wide receivers Greg Jennings and Donald Driver employed more this season. The two combined for nearly 2200 yards receiving in 2009, over a thousand receiving yards each.
But is this a schedule that will see a Super Bowl in the Packers future? Perhaps, but it’s a long road to the 2010-2011 NFC Playoffs.
Green Bay Packers 2010 Schedule (all times EST)
September 12 @ Philadelphia — 4:15 p.m.
September 19 vs. Buffalo — 1 p.m.
September 27 @ Chicago — 8:30 p.m.
October 3 vs. Detroit — 1 p.m.
October 10 @ Washington — 1 p.m.
October 17 vs. Miami — 1 p.m. EST
October 24 vs. Minnesota — 8:20 p.m.
October 31 @ New York Jets — 1 p.m.
November 7 vs. Dallas — 8:20 p.m.
Week 10: Bye Week
November 21 @ Minnesota — 1 p.m.
November 28 @ Atlanta — 1 p.m.
December 4 vs. San Francisco — 1 p.m.
December 12 @ Detroit — 1 p.m.
December 19 @ New England — 8:20 p.m.
December 26 vs. New York Giants — 4:15 p.m.
January 2 vs. Chicago — 1 p.m.