The Green Bay Packers are off for an NFL-mandated break before they begin preparation for the Chicago Bears on Monday. However, that doesn’t mean we rest, as we make game-by-game predictions about the outcome of each Packers game this season.
Green Bay starts with a cupcake of a schedule. Despite playing on the road against the Bears and the Falcons in the first two games, both of those games are extremely winnable, coming against rebuilding teams. Their defenses also present a light test in Jordan Love’s first extended playing time of his career.
In fact, Green Bay won’t see their first 2022 playoff opponent until Week 8 against the Minnesota Vikings. That should allow them to rack up some wins and confidence early in the season, building up for a tougher slate in the middle to end of their schedule.
With preseason officially over, let’s go game-by-game to look at the Green Bay Packers’ 2023 schedule and make predictions about their wins and losses.
Week 1: September 10 at Chicago Bears: Win
Week 2: September 17 at Atlanta Falcons: Win
Week 3: September 24 vs New Orleans Saints: Loss
Week 4: September 28 vs Detroit Lions: Loss
Week 5: October 9 at Las Vegas Raiders: Win
Week 6: Bye
Week 7: October 22nd at Denver Broncos: Win
Week 8: October 29 vs Minnesota Vikings: Loss
Week 9: November 5 vs Los Angeles Rams: Win
Week 10: November 12 at Pittsburgh Steelers: Loss
Week 11: November 19 vs Los Angeles Chargers: Loss
Week 12: November 23 at Detroit Lions: Loss
Week 13: December 3 vs Kansas City Chiefs: Loss
Week 14: December 11 at New York Giants: Win
Week 15: December 17 vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Win
Week 16: December 24 at Carolina Panthers: Win
Week 17: December 31 at Minnesota Vikings: Loss
Week 18: TBD vs Chicago Bears: Win
Their first real test will come in that Week 8 game against the Vikings. We’ll see how they stack up against a team with playoff aspirations and the one who won the NFC North a season ago.
Perhaps their most challenging stretch begins in Week 11 and continues until Week 14. It begins with a game against the Los Angeles Chargers that continues on Thanksgiving Day at Detroit, followed up by a contest vs the Chiefs and at the Giants. That’s three out of four teams who made the 2022 playoffs, and all four opponents had winning records last year.
It cools down a bit in the last quadrant, with three of their final four coming against weaker teams in the Bucs, Panthers and Bears. That should allow the Packers to regenerate some momentum at the end of the season and make one last push for the playoffs.
A record of 9-8 in Jordan Love’s first season as a starter should be a resounding success. Remember, Aaron Rodgers only led the Packers to a 6-10 season in his first year. Whether they make the playoffs or not, it will be a great season to build for the future.