Coming off a strong 2010 season that resulted in the Packers winning seven of their final eight regular season home games, the Packers will try to grow from being a young-and-upcoming team into a legitimate NFC Super Bowl in 2010. What can Packer fans expect from the Packers schedule, and what are some key notes to consider?
2010 Packers NFL Schedule: Prime-time games
The Green Bay Packers have four prime-time games entering the 2010 NFL season, including four on Sunday Night. These games include a week 3 road game against the Chicago Bears on Monday Night football and Sunday Night games at Minnesota, versus Dallas, and at New England during weeks 7, 9, and 15, respectively.
2010 Packers NFL Schedule: Week 10 bye week
The Packers bye week will be in week 10 for the 2010 season. In my opinion, this is the best time for teams to have a bye. You don’t want your team to have a bye early in the season because its more important that they are rested toward the end of the season. Having byes in the first two months of the season can result in burning out by the playoffs. If the team has a wildcard game, it just complicates matters that much more.
2010 Packers NFL Schedule: Two weeks to prepare for the Minnesota Vikings
Following the bye week, the Green Bay Packers will travel to Minnesota to take on the Vikings. This gives the Packers two weeks to prepare for what normally proves to be one of the Packers biggest challenges every regular season. If Brett Favre returns to the Vikings for a second season, you can expect this game to be as competitive as any other Vikings/Packers game since the 90s.
2010 Packers NFL Schedule: No trips out West
The Packers road schedule consists of the following games: Philadelphia, Chicago, Washington, New York, Minnesota, Atlanta, Detroit, and New England. Excluding the Atlanta Falcons in week 12, the Packers road schedule consists of games within the Northeastern and Midwest portions of the United States. The Atlanta Falcons will come just a couple weeks after their bye week, so they should be prepared for extensive traveling that game.
This should prove to be a relaxed schedule for the Green Bay Packers in terms of traveling for 2010.
2010 Packers NFL Schedule: Final two regular season games at Lambeau
The Green Bay Packers close out the 2010 NFL regular season with home games against the New York Giants and Chicago Bears. While it is too early to tell if these teams will be competitive, its always a positive to have your final games at home when closing out the season, especially if playoff reprecautions persist.
2010 Packers NFL Schedule Review:
The Green Bay Packers have a favorable schedule for the 2010 NFL season. With their bye week in week 10, limited travel, and home games to close out the season, the Packers should be able to have a strong season in 2010. Furthermore, they should be better rested than most teams entering January. If the Packers 3-4 defense can continues its progression, the secondary can be restructured through the draft, and if Aaron Rodgers can stay healthy, the Packers should be a force.
The 2010 schedule for the Green Bay Packers according to NFL.com