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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.
Over the last week, I predicted the Packers first 10 games, seeing them go 6-4 including the bye week. Here is my prediction for their final six games.
After a road trip to Indianapolis, the Packers return home to face the Chicago Bears. It’s Sunday Night Football and Aaron Rodgers has seen this story before.
It’s a Rodgers classic as he throws 331 yards and four touchdowns. This is the game where people take a step back and see that Rodgers is still one of the game’s best. Meanwhile, the Bears still struggle to figure out who their quarterback is. Packers win 37-21.
Next up on the schedule is the Philadelphia Eagles at home. I think the Eagles are going to be really good this season, particularly on the offense now that they got weapons all over the field.
It’s in the cold, but quarterback Carson Wentz still throws it around to Alshon Jeffery, Jalen Reagor and Zach Ertz. Miles Sanders puts up some numbers on the ground.
Matching Sanders on the ground is Jones, who rushes for 111 yards a score. This is the breakout game for other running back AJ Dillon who tacks on 82 yards a touchdown himself. It’s a grind-it-out game in the cold. Packers prevail 17-16.
A week later it’s the annual trip to Detroit to play the Lions. The Packers have struggled in Detroit as of late, but did get of the snide with a win last season that gave us a bye.
Rodgers gets to use his indoors cleats at Ford Field. Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford delivers some huge passes to Kenny Golladay, while Rodgers uses Davante Adams to his advantage.
The Smith Bros. — Za’Darius and Preston — make the big play when needed. They combine for a sack and a forced fumble on Stafford. The Packers recover and win 31-27. That puts their record at 9-4 through 13 games.
The Packers host the Panthers after that. This is the part of the schedule the Packers can feast on, which is why I predicted they would go on a huge run.
Starting with Jacksonville, the Packers play teams that weren’t very good last season. Now that could easily change this season. It always has. The other advantage is during this stretch, four of those six games are at Lambeau Field.
Teddy Bridgewater fights hard as he always does, but the Packers run game and defense is all they need. Running back Jamaal Williams catches and runs in for touchdowns. Cornerbacks Jaire Alexander and Kevin both get interceptions. Packers win again, 23-11.
Two days after Christmas, it’s a trip from the Tennessee Titans. This is a game where we might trip up. Derrick Henry thrives in the cold and the Titans give it to him 27 times. Henry eats up clock and yardage as the snow comes down.
The Packers are a little bit rusty as Rodgers throws a rare interception. Titans walk away with a steal and a 27-24 win.
The finale of the season is on the road at the Chicago Bears. The Packers are playing for a bye while the Bears are eliminated. That gives Green Bay an advantage and their leaders rise up to the occasion.
The Bears play tough, but not enough. It’s two more touchdowns from Rodgers, one to tight end Jace Steinberger. Packers win 26-13.
That gives us a record of 11-5. I know I’ll be wrong on a number of these games, but I might be right with the win total. I think 11 wins is a good total and a fair total with the competitiveness of the teams we’ll play. 11-5 also gives us the NFC North.
What do you think? Is 11-5 a good season or are we better than that? No matter what, I think the Packers have a really good chance at bringing the Vince Lombardi Trophy back to Titletown.