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I’ve been previewing the Packers roster and all the position battles that will happen this camp. Now, I’m going to make my prediction for the 2020 schedule.
On Tuesday, I predicted the Packers first five games, seeing them go 3-2 including the bye week. Here is my prediction for their next five games.
After the Buccaneers game, the Packers travel to Houston to play the Texans on Oct. 25. This should be another great game. It’ll be the first time Aaron Rodgers and Deshaun Watson play each other.
It should be a really fun game. With the Packers coming off of Tom Brady, we should be ready. Rodgers has played great games against the Texans including six touchdowns in 2012.
I don’t see the Packers losing back-to-back games here. They win 20-12 behind great defense which includes three interceptions by Watson.
The tough stretch of games continues with a game one day after Halloween. Will it be tricks or treats for the Packers against the Minnesota Vikings?
This is the game where the Packers struggle with Dalvin Cook. Cook runs all over Green Bay and though Aaron Jones/Rodgers try to keep up, it’s not enough. Vikings’ head coach Mike Zimmer has the secret formula to Rodgers once again. Vikings win 27-16. That puts the Packers record at 4-3.
Then it’s a short week against guess who … the San Francisco 49ers. Thursday Night Football in Santa Clara where we went 0-2 last season. I think we will look a lot better than the last two times.
We stop Raheem Mostert, but Jimmy Garoppolo makes one more throw at the end and finishes the game with the ball. They kick a field goal to win the game 31-28 as time expires. The Packers rough stretch against the 49ers will continue.
This puts the Packers record at 4-4. Don’t panic … this is when Rodgers says his famous phrase and the Pack go on a run.
To be honest, in that four game stretch that includes at Tampa, at Houston, home Minnesota and at San Francisco, if the Packers can go 2-2 that would be a win. I say 1-3, but 2-2 can very well happen.
It starts with the Jacksonville Jaguars at home. Davante Adams catches 13 receptions for 188 yards and two touchdowns. Jones has 88 yards rushing and a score. The Packers play mad and win 42-14 on an extended week of practice.
That brings Green Bay to playing at Indianapolis in late November. The Packers have lost the last two times against the Colts, but that was when the Colts had quarterback Andrew Luck.
He’s not there anymore. Instead it’s veteran Philip Rivers, who just made the Packers look silly last season in Los Angeles. So I am worried about that.
But as I said before, this is when we go on our run. Rodgers continues his great season and gets everyone involved this time. I see touchdowns by Robert Tonyan and Equanimeous St. Brown.
The defense starts to feel it and Rashan Gary shows everyone why he was drafted so high with two sacks. Packers win 25-18.
That puts their record at 6-4 after 10 games. Would you take a 6-4 record after 10 games? In a season with no pre-season games and a bunch of unknowns with a really hard schedule and little home games, 6-4 might not be too bad.
To catch my prediction of the final six regular season games on the schedule, check out the Sept. 1 edition of The Times.