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Added August 22nd, 2011 by Chalk

2011 NFL Predictions & Preview: Green Bay Packers 12-4
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With the NFL regular season fast approaching, we at SportsUntapped are taking our crystal balls out of storage and examining each team’s full 16-game schedule to prognosticate how the 2011 season will play out. We’ll look at all 32 teams and reveal each one’s final record. First up: the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers.

GREEN BAY PACKERS

Last year’s record: 10-6.

Vegas Over/Under on 2011 Regular Season Wins: 11.5.

First four games:
Sept. 8 New Orleans, 8:30 p.m.
Sept. 18 at Carolina, 1 p.m.
Sept. 25 at Chicago, 4:15 p.m.
Oct. 2 Denver, 4:15 p.m.

That opening Thursday night game should be a beauty featuring the last two Super Bowl winners. The Pack should have an edge at home, but we might see the first indications of a Super Bowl hangover. The Panthers and Broncos look like definite wins, but Green Bay struggled against the Bears last year until the NFC Championship Game in Chicago. I see the Packers most likely coming out of their first four games at 3-1.

Second four games:
Oct. 9 at Atlanta, 8:20 p.m.
Oct. 16 St. Louis, 1 p.m.
Oct. 23 at Minnesota, 4:15 p.m.
Oct. 30 BYE
Nov. 6 at San Diego, 4:15 p.m.

Again the only two tough games in this stretch are the Falcons and Chargers on the road, but the Packers play well on turf and will have a bye week to prepare for the Chargers.  This looks like another three wins to put Green Bay at 6-2 halfway through their schedule.

First four games of the second half:

Nov. 14 Minnesota, 8:30 p.m.
Nov. 20 Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.
Nov. 24 at Detroit, 3:30 p.m.
Dec. 4 at N.Y. Giants, 4:15 p.m.

The Giants at the New Meadowlands might be the toughest test here, so we’ll conservatively put down another three wins here to get the Packers to 9-3.

Last four games:

Dec. 11 Oakland, 1 p.m.
Dec. 18 at Kansas City, 1 p.m.
Dec. 25 Chicago, 8:20 p.m.
Jan. 1 Detroit, 1 p.m.

Maybe the easiest four games on their schedule, but they could drop one or two games to a team with more to play for. But again it looks like at least three wins and a 12-4 record for the defending champs.

 
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