With Aaron Rodgers committing to Green Bay for the 2022 season and beyond, the NFL schedule makers had every reason to assign the Packers several prime-time game slots.
The defending NFC North champions were given five prime-time slots, to be exact. The first will be a Week 2 home tilt against the archrival Chicago Bears on NBC’s Sunday Night Football program (8:20 p.m. EST).
The Packers have several other notable games that aren’t in the prime-time slots. They’ll play the New York Giants at London’s Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in Week 5 (9:30 a.m. EST). as part of the NFL International Series. One week later, the Pack will come home for an early afternoon home tilt against the New York Jets.
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Both New York teams figure to be giant underdogs in their games against the Packers. Giants and Jets fans will have the option to bet on the straight-up winner, the betting line and the over/under totals for those contests.
Making their first visit to Buffalo in eight years, the Packers will take on the Bills on Sunday Night Football in Week 8 (8:20 p.m. EST). In Week 11, the Cheeseheads will host the Tennessee Titans on Amazon Prime Video’s Thursday Night Football program (8:15 p.m. EST). 10 days after that, the Pack will visit the Philadelphia Eagles 8:0 p.m. EST) in Week 12 on Sunday Night Football.
Green Bay’s final scheduled prime-time game will be an ESPN Monday Night Football showdown against the defending Champion Los Angeles Rams at Lambeau Field in Week 15 (8:15 p.m. EST).
Other notable Packers’ games not in the prime-time slots include their Week 3 road game against Tom Brady’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a Week 4 home game against the New England Patriots and the highly-anticipated Week 10 home tilt vs. old friend Mike McCarthy and the Green Bay Packers.
Green Bay’s 2022 strength of schedule is ranked a measly 22nd, as their opponents combined for a mediocre .478 winning percentage last year.
Aaron Rodgers is virtually unbeatable at Lambeau Field during the regular season. Fortunately for the Packers, most of their tough games will be played on home field (Patriots, Titans, Cowboys and Rams).
Even if you take Green Bay’s hardest road games — at Tampa Bay, at Buffalo and at Philadelphia — it’s not as if the Packers are going to definitely lose all those games. They’ll likely be underdogs against Tampa and Buffalo, but the two games are really coinflips.
Rodgers has statistically owned the Eagles throughout his career, and Green Bay’s retooled defense promises to cause problems for Jalen Hurts.
Though we shouldn’t be surprised if Green Bay manages to go undefeated at home (again), you get the feeling that they’re due to drop at least one of these difficult home games.
The high-powered Rams offense can provide plenty of problems against Green Bay’s pass defense, and Jalen Ramsey can shut down half the field without having to worry about Davante Adams anymore. We’ll predict that the Packers go 8-1 at home, with the lone Lambeau Field loss coming against the defending champions in Week 15.
Todd Bowles’ defense caused plenty of frustration against Rodgers and the Packers in their Week 6, 2020 and NFC Championship meetings. With the fortunes of home advantage, Tom Brady will move his head-to-head record against Rodgers to 3-1.
The Packers will have it tough in Buffalo when they visit the well-balanced Bills in Week 8. Josh Allen should have a field day against a Green Bay defense that has been vulnerable against the run in recent years, and the league’s No. 1 D of 2021 should give Rodgers numerous headaches throughout. Buffalo will top Green Bay in a high-scoring thriller.
The fourth and final projected loss for Green Bay will come against the Miami Dolphins in Week 16 on Christmas Day. Tua Tagovailoa and Miami’s speedy offense, which added Tyreek Hill and Cedrick Wilson Jr., can go toe-to-toe with Rodgers. Throw in a revamped pass rush and Xavien Howard’s All-Pro talents in the secondary, and the Dolphins have all the recipes for an upset.
A record of 13-4 sounds about right. Although with this defense I’m reluctant to concede much of anything. I think Buffalo wins at home and we lose to Tampa. But the loss to Tom Brady is more psychological than based on over all talent. I just don’t think Aaron Rodgers can beat Tom Brady. Rodgers will always be second fiddle to the seven time Super Bowl winner. It’s hard to go undefeated in your division so I always throw the Vikings a bone and give them a win. And the Ram game will be a toss up. Big Mike will make the Cowboy game interesting. Your not paying Aaron Rodgers 50 million per to lose to Jalen Hurts and Tua. Although Rodgers can’t seem to outplay Jimmy Garapolo in the playoffs. Losing to Jimmy G two out of the last three years come January. I say Rodgers numbers will be down and he won’t win the MVP but we still finish 13-4 the same as last year. So all this crying over weapons and WR’s is nonsense.
It’s you’re not paying.
Tom M May 19, 2022
I just don’t think Aaron Rodgers can beat Tom Brady.
Your not paying Aaron Rodgers 50 million per to lose to Jalen Hurts and Tua
Losing to Jimmy G……….
I say Rodgers numbers will be down and he won’t win the MVP because of the extreme seething hatred i have for the man.
Kids…..In the NFL, teams play other teams.
QB’s don’t play other QB’s
The Buccaneers might play the Packers.
The Packers might play the Niners, etc.
You won’t see…Rodgers vs Brady, or Garoppolo vs. Rodgers on any NFL schedule.
STAY IN SCHOOL
Are you just going to go from article to article and comment on my posts? It’s really not necessary Kevin. You’ve long ago established your stupidity. You’re not paying Aaron Rodgers 50 million to go 7-10 or 8-9. Because you could do that with Jordan Love for a fraction of the cost. Your damn right Rodgers better win 11-13 games. I don’t give a flying fuck who his WR’s are. It’s not about his stats. Aaron Rodgers will ultimately be judged on his post season record and he’s running out of time to turn things around. Otherwise he’ll be just another QB that wins regular season games and nothing else. Can he win a SB? Until he does it, until he beats Tom Brady I say he can’t. What I think of him or how much you love him has nothing to do with it.
Tom M May 20, 2022
Are you just going to go from article to article and comment on my posts? It upsets me when i get called out.
You better stop it or i’m going to file a formal complaint, i might even start a petition.
Take it easy Tiger, it’s all in good fun.
We have to keep ourselves entertained when we don’t have a new article for sometimes 10 days.
I’m laughing with you, not at you.
We’re all friends here, don’t forget that.
I just got done telling everyone you’re honorable and highly intelligent.
Maybe a better response would be a simple “Thank you PF4L”.
Ill take 13-4. Healthy defense and OL in playoffs I think we got a shot at the dance.
Exactly Rebelgb. Getting into the playoffs in a weak NFC north isn’t going to be the issue. It’s what happens once we get there is when the drama really starts. I like our chances.