2021 NFL Schedule Breakdown: Green Bay Packers
The success of the Packers will depend on the outcome of the ongoing Aaron Rodgers drama. Rodgers is disgruntled with the organization. His frustration stems back to last year’s draft when the team selected quarterback Jordan Love without notifying him. The organization is in a tough spot because they are trying to keep Rodgers, who doesn’t want to play for Green Bay anymore.
If Rodgers ends up playing for Green Bay, they will remain a competitive team. However, if he is traded or holds out, the Packers will struggle.
Green Bay Packers Schedule:
- Week 1: Sun 09/12 at New Orleans Saints
- Week 2: Mon 09/20 vs Detroit Lions
- Week 3: Sun 09/26 at San Francisco 49ers
- Week 4: Sun 10/03 vs Pittsburgh Steelers
- Week 5: Sun 10/10 at Cincinnati Bengals
- Week 6: Sun 10/17 at Chicago Bears
- Week 7: Sun 10/24 vs Washington National Team
- Week 8: Thu 10/28 at Arizona Cardinals
- Week 9: Sun 11/07 at Kansas City Chiefs
- Week 10: Sun 11/14 vs Seattle Seahawks
- Week 11: Sun 11/21 at Minnesota Vikings
- Week 12: Sun 11/28 vs Los Angeles Rams
- Week 13: BYE
- Week 14: Sun 12/12 vs Chicago Bears
- Week 15: Sun 12/19 at Baltimore Ravens
- Week 16: Sun 12/25 vs Cleveland Browns
- Week 17: Sun 1/02 vs Minnesota Vikings
- Week 18: Sun 01/09 at Detroit Lions
NFC North: The Packers are massive favorites to win the division if Rodgers suits up. If the star quarterback does not play, the division will be wide open for the Vikings or Bears to pass Green Bay in the standings. Green Bay won the division last year and made it to the NFC Championship game, where they were eventually ousted by Tom Brady and the eventual Super Bowl champions.
Matchups: The Packers have a very difficult stretch of games between Week 8 and Week 16. During that span, they will face the Chiefs, Seahawks, Rams, Bears, Ravens and Browns (all of whom made the playoffs last year). Even the contests against non-playoff teams are not automatic wins (at Arizona and at Minnesota). Green Bay will have to start the season strong if they want the division title and a high playoff seed, however, that may not be easy either as they travel to New Orleans to take on the Saints in Week 1. This will be a very interesting season for the Packers.
Overall: Green Bay’s success depends on whether Rodgers plays. The Packers have a good roster, but without Rodgers, they are pretenders, not contenders. The Packers have one of the best wide receivers in the league in Davante Adams, as well as a top running back in Aaron Jones. Outside of those weapons, the Packers are sub-par at the skill positions. It’s a good thing they have a solid defense, otherwise, Rodgers would have way too much of a burden on his shoulders.
At the end of the day, it is hard to envision the Packers trading away their future Hall of Fame quarterback, even if he requested a trade. Green Bay will find a way to make sure Rodgers is on the field by the time the regular season begins.
Prediction: The Packers will finish with a 12-5 record and will win the NFC North. If Rodgers does not suit up for Green Bay, they will still finish with a 9-8 winning record.