Thursday, September 5, 2013

2013 Packers Season Preview

It's one day until the NFL seasons starts for real.  There is so much that will happen, and I am excited to see what the Packers will bring to the table each and every week.  They did finally get their 53 man roster set, and here's to hoping that the Packers go 19-0 with and get our 5th Super Bowl title, and 14th NFL Championship. 

Week 1-at San Francisco

This is the game that I have been waiting for all offseason.  I think our defense is a lot better, but obviously we have lost some talent on offense, and our offensive line is rough.  If I have to pick based off the information that we have seen already this year, then I think that Rodgers will get sacked about 4-5 times.  Kaepernick and Gore will both have a rushing touchdown against us.  My final score prediction is 49ers 34, Packers 20. 

Week 2--Washington

This is another game that will challenge us, but I think that the Redskins benefitted last year from having the worst record in the NFC East in 2011, and now they have to play each of the division winners from last year.  They are coming to Green Bay, and I don't think that we will lose back to back home openers, plus the Redskins defense is not up to par with their offense.  Lacy runs for 2 touchdowns, Finley catches another 2 touchdowns.  Final score: Packers 41, Redskins 17.

Week 3-at Cincinnati

Again I see another opportunity for a rough outing against our 3rd playoff team from last year in a row to start the season.  The Bengals haven't done much against the top teams though, and I don't expect that to change this early in the season.  The Packers are going to steal this one on the road.  Cobb is going to have a great game with 10 catches for 120 yards, 1 TD, while James Jones snags another 2 TD in the red zone.  Jonathan Franklin takes a screen pass in for a touchdown also.  Final score: Packers 37, Bengals 24.

Week 5-Detroit

I've already written about how the Packers always beat the Lions in Wisconsin, plus this is after our super early week 4 bye.  This game will probably be closer than I would like.  But the Lions are still hurting in the secondary and at the linebackers positions.  Lacy goes for over 100 yards, so we finally have a 100 yard rusher for the first time in a long time.  Finley gets hot and has over 100 yards with a touchdown also.  Final Score: Packers 34, Lions 27.

Week 6-at Baltimore

The Ravens and Packers finally meet up and it's one of the best matchups of the season.  Flacco throws a pick six to Casey Hayward, but the Ravens defense has come together well enough to get the win against us.  Flacco hits Smith on a long ball to beat us in the final minute.  Final Score: Ravens 34, Packers 31.

Week 7-Cleveland

The Browns come to visit Lambeau Field.  This is one game that I just have a hard time putting it particularly close, because I just think that as many problems as the Packers have, the Browns just have so many more.  I think that Nick Perry will record at least 2 sacks this game.  Our backups play most of the 4th quarter, because I think it will be a lot like our game against the Titans last year.  Final Score: Packers 52, Browns 13.

Week 8-at Minnesota

I think that we avenge our week 17 loss to them last year, Ponder is going to be struggling at the midpoint of the season.  Greg Jennings get 0 receptions.  Peterson gets 100 yards, but so does Lacy again as he has a touchdown run of over 50 yards.  It is close though.  Final Score: Packers 28, Vikings 17. 

Week 9-Chicago

It is difficult to know exactly what the Chicago Bears are bringing to the table this year.  They are a team that has switched quite a bit losing their captain of the defense in Brian Urlacher, which is interesting to hear about their dive technique, and Lovie Smith is no longer the head coach.  Trestman could either be great, or I think it's going to be a bust.  Similar to what I think of Chip Kelly.  But since this is a home game, and I think the Packers are a better team, then I will put us winning by the final score: Packers 27, Bears 10. 

Week 10-Philadelphia

So, speaking of Chip Kelly.  This game is either going to go really well for us, or I think it could go rather poorly, just because of how the team is doing at the mid point of the season, they could be doing great or if they are suffering, then they will likely fall apart.  The Packers have home field advantage for this game also, so we will take home this game also.  But I do think that it will be a high scoring game.  Packers 55, Eagles 31. 

Week 11-at New York

Another game in the regular season at the Meadowlands.  I swear that we play there every year.  The teams in the NFC are so close together, that it is just tough to pick someone to come clean through most of the season.  So this is a spot where I would be predicting a loss for us unfortunately.  Final Score: Giants 31, Packers 20. 

Week 12-Minnesota

Round 2 of our matchup with the Vikings.  I think the Vikings had a great year from Adrian Peterson that is not repeatable, and so I have us sweeping them in the season series this year.  Final Score: Packers 38, Vikings 17.

Week 13-at Detroit

Hopefully the Packers and Lions Thanksgiving game is entertaining for us Packers fans.  It is a game where Sitton and Lang have to step it up a notch to stop Suh and Fairley.  I just am hoping that Suh doesn't do something stupid in this game, and that's probably because I'm a Nebraska fan for college football.  Anyway, back to the Packers, we will continue to beat the Lions because that's just something that we do.  Final Score: Packers 38, Lions 20.

Week 14-Atlanta

This could be a very incredible week for the Packers.  This is the top team that I have us beating during the season.  I am thinking that this will be a shootout though, and I hope that the Packers would be able to get another pick 6 on Matt Ryan, just because that would bring back some great memories.  Final Score: Packers 44, Falcons 38.

Week 15-At Dallas

So Dallas, the place where it seems like we went without a win for so very long.  But since this game is in December, I'm assuming that Tony Romo will find a way to choke the game away.  Right now the Packers are trying to stay in the running for home field advantage with the Falcons, 49ers, and Seahawks all in the running for it.  Final Score is Packers 34, Cowboys 31. 

Week 16-Pittsburgh

Again, another tough time to beat another difficult team out of the AFC North.  Pittsburgh never gives you an easy win, as they are a tough, physical team.  But I also just want to be clear that Pittsburgh, because of the money they spent during the unlimited cap season, has limited themselves in the past few seasons because of the harder cap that we have had since the lockout, just not able to keep the talent they had the past few years.  Final Score: Packers 41, Steelers 23.

Week 17-At Chicago

I see another 6-0 finish in the NFC North for the Packers, because Rodgers is still the class of the division, and our defense looks ready to take it up a notch.  Cutler is going to get picked off a few times, just a nice finish to the season.  Final Score: Packers 31, Bears 17.

Here is how I see the final regular season standings going. 

NFC North
Green Bay Packers 13-3
Chicago Bears 8-8
Detroit Lions 8-8
Minnesota Vikings 7-9

NFC East
New York Giants 12-4
Washington Redskins 10-6
Dallas Cowboys 8-8
Philadelphia Eagles 4-12

NFC South
Atlanta Falcons 11-5
New Orleans Saints 10-6
Tampa Bay Bucs 7-9
Carolina Panthers 4-12

NFC West
San Francisco 49ers 12-4
Seattle Seahawks 11-5
St Louis Rams 10-6
Arizona Cardinals 7-9

AFC East
New England Patriots 10-6
Miami Dolphins 10-6
Buffalo Bills 4-12
New York Jets 2-14

AFC North
Cincinnati Bengals 11-5
Baltimore Ravens 10-6
Pittsburgh Steelers 8-8
Cleveland Browns 6-10

AFC South
Houston Texans 12-4
Indianapolis Colts 9-7
Tennessee Titans 3-13
Jacksonville Jaguars 2-14

AFC West
Denver Broncos 12-4
Kansas City Chiefs 10-6
San Diego Chargers 4-10
Oakland Raiders 2-14

That leaves us with these playoff matchups

Wild Card Round
Dolphins over Bengals
Patriots over Ravens
Falcons over Rams
Seahawks over Giants

Divisional Round
Packers over Seahawks
49ers over Falcons
Patriots over Broncos
Texans over Dolphins

Championship Round
49ers over Packers
Texans over Patriots

Super Bowl
49ers over Texans

Obviously, this isn't how I hope that the season will turn out.  But if the Packers found a way to get to the NFC championship, then I will be pretty happy about that.  I just want to go ahead and get another ring this year.  Hope all you Packer Addicts enjoy.  Go Pack Go!!

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