And waiting some more, the 2010 regular season schedule is finally out. At long last, we know the dates and times for the Green Bay Packers’ games this upcoming season.
(Quick aside: Sorry we didn’t get this up earlier Tuesday. To celebrate OBOD’s own Adam Somers’ birthday, a large group of us went to the Minnesota Twins/Cleveland Indians game at newly opened Target Field. Man, that is one beautiful stadium right there. The Twinkies really did a nice job with it. And, yes, as a Detroit Tigers fan, it kills me to say that. But it’s true.)
If you haven’t seen the schedule by now – and I’m not sure how you couldn’t have – here it is (reaction to the schedule will follow and all times listed are Lambeau Time):
- Sunday, September 12: at Philadelphia Eagles, 3:15 p.m. (FOX)
- Sunday, September 19: vs. Buffalo Bills, Noon (CBS)
- Monday, September 27: at Chicago Bears, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
- Sunday, October 3: vs. Detroit Lions, Noon (FOX and it’s a gold package game)
- Sunday, October 10: at Washington Redskins, Noon (FOX)
- Sunday, October 17: vs. Miami Dolphins, Noon (CBS)
- Sunday, October 24: vs. Minnesota Vikings, 7:20 p.m. (NBC)
- Sunday, October 31: at New York Jets, Noon (FOX)
- Sunday, November 7: vs. Dallas Cowboys, 7:20 p.m. (NBC and it’s a gold package game)
- Sunday, November 14: BYE
- Sunday, November 21: at Minnesota Vikings, Noon (FOX) *
- Sunday, November 28: at Atlanta Falcons, Noon (FOX) *
- Sunday, December 5: vs. San Francisco 49ers, Noon (FOX) *
- Sunday, December 12: at Detroit Lions, Noon (FOX) *
- Sunday, December 19: at New England Patriots, 7:20 p.m. (NBC)*
- Sunday, December 26: vs. New York Giants, Noon (FOX)*
- Sunday, January 2: vs. Chicago Bears, Noon (FOX)*
(* indicates game time could be changed due to the NFL’s flex scheduling policy)
My thoughts on the schedule:
- If you had any doubts about the Packers being a “sexy” team, one the networks have to pay attention to, you can doubt no more. With four primetime games – and two more set for late afternoon starts – Green Bay is fully back on the national radar. You could argue the Pack never really left, yes, but this time, they’re on the radar for reasons that have nothing to do with Brett Favre.
- I like the way the first five weeks break for the team. Going to Philly in week one will not be easy, but on the bright side, Kevin Kolb will still be learning the whole “replacing a franchise quarterback” routine and could struggle. Same goes for road games at Chicago (learning a new offense) and Washington (learning a new…well…everything). Better to draw those road games early. The home games against Buffalo (the return of Brohm?) and Detroit certainly feel like wins, at least as of now.
- Green Bay needs to perform well in those first five weeks because, for essentially the next two months, the Packers enter “Meat Grinder City.” Seriously, scroll back up and look again (I’ll wait). We’ll break those two months into two parts as, in many ways, that is where the story of the 2010 Green Bay Packers will be written.
- After the ‘Skins game – there’s a possible OBOD road trip being planned for that one, by the way – the Packers draw Miami (should be much better than last season), Minnesota (need I say more?), the Jets (possibly a 12-win team if Rex Ryan keeps all those personalities in line) and Dallas (should be very good once again). Granted, three of those games are at home, but still, those are four very tough opponents. Luckily, the bye week follows the Dallas game. I have a feeling Green Bay will need a week off after that stretch.
- Coming out of the bye, the Packers will play four of their next five games on the road. Minnesota (again, need I say more?), the Falcons (like Miami, they should bounce back this year) and New England (tough place to play and it’s still Brady and The Hoodie) will all pose big-time challenges for Green Bay. The lone home game in there, against San Fran, will not be an easy one, either, as the Niners should be an improved team this year. Luckily, the remaining road game in that stretch is at Detroit. Again, that feels like a win as of now.
- Love the way the last two weeks set up. I expect the Giants to be better this season, and by week 17, the Bears should have the new offense down pat (even if they don’t, it’s still the Bears and they always play the Packers tooth-and-nail). But those games are both at home. After the brutal five weeks that precede it, the Packers will enjoy the nice boost getting back to Lambeau provides. Hopefully, they’ll be gearing up for the playoffs, as well.
- Lastly, I don’t want any of you to think I’m down on this team all of a sudden. I could see how you might think that after reading my thoughts, but I’m not. I’m just simply pointing out the peaks and valleys of Green Bay’s schedule. In all reality, it’s probably silly to do such a thing in April, anyways. But, hey, what’s the point of having a blog if you can’t be silly every now and then, right?