And Here’s the Green Bay Packers’ 2018 Schedule

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The supposed leak was not at all accurate. Here’s the actual 2018 Green Bay Packers’ schedule.

As we predicted and was known for much of the day, the Packers will be opening with their oldest rival, the Chicago Bears at home to kick off their 100th season. That game will also, as expected, be in primetime — the primo spot of Sunday night.

Here’s a look at the proceedings.

1: Sunday, September 9 – CHICAGO BEARS, 7:20 p.m.
2: Sunday, September 16 – MINNESOTA VIKINGS, 12 p.m.
3: Sunday, September 23 at Washington Redskins, 12 p.m.
4: Sunday, September 30 – BUFFALO BILLS, 12 p.m.
5: Sunday, October 7 at Detroit Lions, 12 p.m.
6: Monday, October 15 – SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS, 7:15 p.m.
7: BYE WEEK
8: Sunday, October 28 at Los Angeles Rams, 3:25 p.m.
9: Sunday, November 4 at New England Patriots, 7:20 p.m.
10: Sunday, November 11 – MIAMI DOLPHINS, 12 p.m.
11: Thursday, November 15 at Seattle Seahawks, 7:20 p.m.
12: Sunday, November 25 at Minnesota Vikings, 7:20 p.m.
13: Sunday, December 2 – ARIZONA CARDINALS, 12 p.m.
14: Sunday, December 9 – ATLANTA FALCONS, 12 p.m.
15: Sunday, December 16 at Chicago Bears, 12 p.m.
16: Sunday, December 23 at New York Jets, 12 p.m.
17: Sunday, December 30 – DETROIT LIONS, 12 p.m.

So let’s count them. One, two, three, four, five primetime games. One Monday, one Thursday and three Sunday.

The Notable

Let’s start with this. The Packers do not play on Thanksgiving and thank god for that. The last couple times they did play on Thanksgiving, they’ve looked like a week-old turkey drumstick. Ruined the best holiday of the year!

Second, what is with closing with the damn Detroit Lions? Why is that game not Packers-Vikings? The Packers have closed with the Lions three of the past four years. Let’s mix it up a little, huh?

The Stinkings are actually closing with a home game against the Bears.

Third, the division hierarchy will be established early. Bears at Packers, Vikings at Packers in weeks 1 and 2. I like that both of those games are at home!

Now, let’s look at those first six weeks. The Vikings’ are by far going to be the toughest win. Detroit won’t be a pushover. The 49ers won’t either, but the Packers have them at home. I will not predict they will do this, but 6-0 at the bye is possible.

And then… brutal. Go to Los Angeles to face the Rams and turn around and go to Foxboro to face the Patriots in consecutive weeks. That smells like two consecutive losses. The road swing is brutal. We’ll see how Mike McCarthy handles it.

The schedule-makers didn’t do the Packers any favors in weeks 11 and 12 either. At Seattle and then at Minnesota. The good news there is the Seattle game is the Thursday game. So the Packers will get extra time to prepare for the their game in Minneapolis.

Lastly, the Jets are a curious choice for week 16, when teams usually play a divisional opponent. But hell, we’ll take that win.

About The Author

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.

21 Comments on "And Here’s the Green Bay Packers’ 2018 Schedule"

  1. Bob

    Watched some coverage on NFL Network last night , they had a spot on the show where the cleats that Diggs wore when he caught the walk off TD against the Saints were put in the hall of fame at Canton. What a joke. To me this cheapens what the hall of fame stands for. But it’s the Vikequeens . Next up will be he pants that they wore in the NFCCG with poop stains from crapping themselves against the Eagles.

    • KILLER

      It is considered one of the greatest plays in NFL history and it happened in the play-offs as well. It is literally in the Top 10 list of everyone who knows football. It would be negligent not to honor it in the Hall of Fame.

      Your jealousy runneth over.

      You don’t have one play in Packers play-off history that can compare. (No, a 1 yard QB sneak does not come close to comparing. The fact that is your go to play is actually pretty funny. What other team cherishes a QB sneak above all other plays?)

      Maybe one day a player on your team could make a perfect play in the play-offs to win it with no time on the clock.

      Step 1: Make it to the play-offs.

      • Cheese

        One of the greatest plays in NFL history? LOL, what a joke. There was nothing great about it other than the colossal fuck up on behalf of the Saints defensive back. The Vikings did nothing extraordinary. It was a pitch and catch, and an easy walk into the endzone. Unexpected- Yes. Great play and showcase of skill by the Vikings- No.

        The Ice Bowl doesn’t come close to comparing???? How fucking delusional are you?? The Packers had the option to kick a field goal to tie the game and go to overtime, or go for it on the 1 yard line. If they make it then they move onto the Super Bowl. If they don’t it would have been viewed as one of the worst calls ever. High risk to say the least. The Vikings were at their own 39 and had no other choice but to throw the ball. If Marcus Williams makes that tackle the clock runs out and Minnesota loses. Not to mention it was only a divisional round and the Vikings lost the NFCCG the week after so this play has no significance in the larger picture, other than Vikings fans getting boned up about the luckiest play in playoff history.

      • Bob

        Mason Crosby against the Cowboys in 2016 playoffs. Two 50 yd plus field goals to win the game. Not like the Vikes punter who shanked it wide left to loose the game against the Seahawks. Crosbys cleats deserve to be in Canton also then.

  2. Bob

    There are ten teams that have five primetime games and the Vikings are not one of them. Now that says allot of what the ones who scheduled the games think of them.

    • KILLER

      One Monday night game (like the Packers), one Thursday night (like everyone), and 3 prime time games Sunday. Two of those are the night game including one of them vs. the Packers. The third is the late afternoon prime time game vs. the Patriots. So, it is equal. If they thought little of the Vikings then they thought little of the Packers. If they thought highly of one then they also thought highly of the other.

      This is a real mark of fantastical desperation that you would grab onto the same treatment of both teams as some kind of mark to legitimize the Packers over the Vikings.

      Sick stuff.

      • KILLER

        Also, the schedule makers doubtless anticipate two or three prime time play-off games for the Vikings but zero for the Packers.

        So right now it is 5-5 in prime time games but I will bet you $10, a beer, and the phone number of a hot chick the Vikings end up with a higher number.

          • PF4L

            $10 borrowed from your grandmother, a warm can of blatz, and a phone number from a chic off craigslist is hardly motivation to bet with you.

  3. KILLER

    6-0 at the bye is “possible”? That be some STROOOOOOOOONG Kool-Aid ye be drinking!

    Bears have some surprise factor this year with more talent acquisition and a new coach. I’ll tell you this: even though the first two games are at home there is a MUCH higher likelihood the Packers lose both than win both.

    The North has a brutal schedule this year. I can’t remember but I think everyone is among the 10 toughest schedules. Vikings might be better this year than last and go only 11-5 compared to 13-3. If Rodgers stays healthy and is focused the Packers may go 8-8.

    Packer losses: both Vikings games, Lions in Detroit, Patriots, Rams, one Bears game, Redskins, Falcons. I know you wonder why I include that Redskins game. Zimmer is going to call Gruden and give him the down low on how to exploit Packer weaknesses.

    We’ll see. Going to be another fun year!

    • PF4L

      Going 5-0 is also possible. so is going 3-8 after that. Not only is it possible, it happened. Anyone remember when that happened….Lonely Boy?

      • PF4L

        Yea, in two seasons he’s had 22 tackles…and a whole lot of zero’s. Similar to Mike Daniels career playoff stats, except Brothers had more tackles..

  4. cz

    for the vikings, a playoff win is comparable to a suberbowl win for teams that win or even won one superbowl

    • PF4L

      LOL……Minnesota…where playoff wins are celebrated like Super Bowls. Where NFCCG losses are quickly forgotten about, like the last 6.

      It’s a pity we don’t have Cutler to make fun of any more, thank God we still have the queens.

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