Green Bay Packers 2013 Season Preview

This is a preview of the upcoming season for the Green Bay Packers. The schedule and tickets for the Green Bay Packers are included.

Last Season: 11-5 (Lost to 49ers Divisional Round)

Vegas Over/Under: 10 Wins

Key Additions: RB Eddie Lacy (BAMA), RB Jonathan Franklin (UCLA), DE Datone Jones (UCLA)

Key Losses: WR Greg Jennings, CB Charles Woodson

Strength of Schedule: 6th

The Packers spent this offseason locking up franchise QB Aaron Rodgers (now highest paid in the NFL) and stud OLB Clay Mathews long-term. Per usual, general manager Ted Thompson stayed quiet during free agency, and had a great draft highlighted by landing two of the best running backs available in Lacy and Franklin. The last time the Packers had a 100-yard rusher during the regular season, Donovan McNabb was the opposing QB and LeBron had yet to suit up for the Heat. The Packers won the Super Bowl that year regardless but still, it’s been awhile. The Packers are hoping Lacy and Franklin can change that, and give some balance to their highly potent aerial attack.

The loss of Greg Jennings shouldn’t be a problem, with wide outs James Jones, Jordy Nelson, and emerging star Randall Cobb returning as targets for one of the best quarterbacks in football. If tight end and freak athlete Jermichael Finley can stop dropping the ball in the final year of his contract, they have a chance to be even better. As far as protecting the golden arm of Rodgers, the Packers have moved their two best lineman, guard Josh Sitton and tackle Bryan Bulaga from the right side to the left. Rodgers was sacked an NFL high 51 times last season, so the combination of the line adjustments with the running game should significantly drop that number.

The defense should be improved from last year, with linebackers Desmond Bishop (maybe) and Nick Perry returning from injury. Datone Jones should start the season at DE, and provide added support to a run defense that let Adrian Peterson rush for a total of 409 yards in their two meetings. Rookie cornerback Casey Hayward finished the year strong with six interceptions, and will need to step up and become a consistent playmaker on defense, a role that Woodson used to assume. Green Bay is also expecting a lot out of safety Morgan Burnett. One of two defensive players in the NFL to play every single snap, they will look to him to increase his interceptions (2) and become a playmaker at the safety position that they haven’t had since losing Nick Collins to a career ending neck injury in 2011.

Green Bay opens the regular season against the team that ended theirs, the 49ers. One of the major areas the Packers hoped to improve on this offseason is the team’s overall toughness. They will find out if they can take a punch, and deliver one back on opening day. You can find out for yourself firsthand through our schedule of tickets listed here:

Aug 97:00 PM Preseason: Green Bay Packers vs. Arizona CardinalsLambeau Field – Green Bay, WI From $32
Aug 177:00 PM Preseason: St. Louis Rams vs. Green Bay PackersEdward Jones Dome – Saint Louis, MO From $11
Aug 237:00 PM Preseason: Green Bay Packers vs. Seattle SeahawksLambeau Field – Green Bay, WI From $76
Aug 297:00 PM Preseason: Kansas City Chiefs vs. Green Bay PackersArrowhead Stadium – Kansas City, MO From $5
Sep 81:25 PM San Francisco 49ers vs. Green Bay PackersCandlestick Park – San Francisco, CA From $110
Sep 1512:00 PM Green Bay Packers vs. Washington RedskinsLambeau Field – Green Bay, WI From $219
Sep 221:00 PM Cincinnati Bengals vs. Green Bay PackersPaul Brown Stadium – Cincinnati, OH From $44
Oct 612:00 PM Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit LionsLambeau Field – Green Bay, WI From $203
Oct 131:00 PM Baltimore Ravens vs. Green Bay PackersM&T Bank Stadium – Baltimore, MD From $131
Oct 203:25 PM Green Bay Packers vs. Cleveland BrownsLambeau Field – Green Bay, WI From $170
Oct 277:30 PM Minnesota Vikings vs. Green Bay PackersMall of America Field at Hubert H Humphrey Metrodome – Minneapolis, MN From $115
Nov 47:40 PM Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago BearsLambeau Field – Green Bay, WI From $214
Nov 1012:00 PM Green Bay Packers vs. Philadelphia EaglesLambeau Field – Green Bay, WI From $203
Nov 178:30 PM New York Giants vs. Green Bay PackersMetLife Stadium – East Rutherford, NJ From $46
Nov 2412:00 PM Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota VikingsLambeau Field – Green Bay, WI From $197
Nov 2812:30 PM Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay PackersFord Field – Detroit, MI From $55
Dec 87:30 PM Green Bay Packers vs. Atlanta FalconsLambeau Field – Green Bay, WI From $142
Dec 153:25 PM Dallas Cowboys vs. Green Bay PackersDallas Cowboy Stadium – Arlington, TX From $46
Dec 223:25 PM Green Bay Packers vs. Pittsburgh SteelersLambeau Field – Green Bay, WI From $186
Dec 2912:00 PM Chicago Bears vs. Green Bay PackersSoldier Field – Chicago, IL From $149

Bottom Line

Green Bay’s draft and develop philosophy keeps them competitive every year, and despite an improved NFC North, I expect them to win more than 10 games and the over to hit. As long as they have this guy on the team, the Packers of Green Bay will be continue to be Super Bowl contenders year in and year out.

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