Death, taxes and the Green Bay Packers with the highest win total projection among the NFC North teams: Those are all three sure things in life and likely will continue to be as long as Aaron Rodgers is playing. The Pack are listed with 10 wins for 2017. What’s the right bet?
The Green Bay Packers have become the New England Patriots of the NFC in that you can go ahead and write in marker that the Packers will finish with double-digit wins and reach the playoffs as long as Aaron Rodgers stays healthy. Rodgers took over as the starter under center for Brett Favre in 2008 and Green Bay finished 6-10. The Packers haven’t missed the postseason since and have won at least 10 games in each except 2013. They were 8-7-1 that year because Rodgers missed half the season with a broken collarbone. He returned in Week 17 and beat the Bears in Chicago in a winner-take-all game for the NFC North.
The Packers yet again have the highest win total of any NFC North team at 10 on NFL odds, with the ‘over’ a slight -120 favorite. The Packers are -125 favorites to win the division. This team finished 10-6 last year, winning its final six. Rodgers was magnificent in that stretch and put himself in the NFL MVP conversation. He led a wild-card win over the Giants and a divisional-round win in Dallas before the Packers’ defense was torched in the NFC Championship Game by NFL MVP Matt Ryan and the Falcons.
Packers 2017 Win Total At SBR’s Top Sportsbooks: 10
Capper’s Projected Record: 10-6
Packers Regular-Season Schedule (All times Eastern)
Week 1: Sunday, Sept. 10, Seattle, 4:25 p.m.
Green Bay’s toughest home game looks to be its first; this could be huge for a potential home-field playoff tiebreaker. The Pack blew out visiting Seattle 38-10 last year. Green Bay opened at -3 on NFL picks. WIN
Week 2: Sunday, Sept. 17, at Atlanta, 8:30 p.m.
Packers probably glad to avoid the Georgia Dome after going 0-2 there last year; this is Atlanta’s first game in its new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Early total projection: 56. LOSS
Week 3: Sunday, Sept. 24, Cincinnati, 4:25 p.m.
It’s only the sixth time the Bengals visit Lambeau, and Cincy is the first non-playoff team the Packers see in 2017. WIN
Week 4: Thursday, Sept. 28, Chicago, 8:25 p.m.
Green Bay hosts its bitter rival on a Thursday night for the third consecutive season and 12th straight year in prime-time. Packers won 26-10 on TNF last year. WIN
Week 5: Sunday, Oct. 8, at Dallas, 4:25 p.m.
No Rodgers-to-Jared Cook incredible connection this time as in last year’s playoff game. Cook is now with the Raiders. LOSS
Week 6: Sunday, Oct. 15, at Minnesota, 1 p.m.
The Green Bay offense struggled against the Vikings last year at U.S. Bank Stadium, losing 17-14 in Week 2 – the Vikings’ first regular-season game in their new stadium. LOSS
Week 7: Sunday, Oct. 22, New Orleans, 1 p.m.
Might this be the final meeting ever between future Hall of Famers Rodgers and Drew Brees? Likely depends on how much longer Brees plays. It’s the Saints’ latest trip to Wisconsin in a season since 1985. WIN
Week 8: BYE
This is the Packers’ latest bye week since 2014.
Week 9: Monday, Nov. 6, Detroit, 8:30 p.m.
First meeting between these two on Monday Night Football since 1972. Pack beat visiting Lions 34-27 in Week 3 last year. WIN
Week 10: Sunday, Nov. 12, at Chicago, 1 p.m.
The Packers have won six straight in Chicago but that was usually against Jay Cutler. He’s now in a TV booth. WIN
Week 11: Sunday, Nov. 19, Baltimore, 1 p.m.
Matchup of former Super Bowl MVPs in Rodgers and Joe Flacco. Only fourth trip to Lambeau for Ravens, who are 0-3 in previous three. WIN
Week 12: Sunday, Nov. 26, at Pittsburgh, 8:30 p.m.
Possible preview of Super Bowl LII and a rematch of the Packers’ last Super Bowl win. Also matchup of the two conference title game losers from last year. LOSS
Week 13: Sunday, Dec. 3, Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.
Big benefit in playing the warm-weather Bucs this late in the year as it surely won’t be warm in Green Bay on Dec. 3. WIN
Week 14: Sunday, Dec. 10, at Cleveland, 1 p.m.
Possible trap game for the Packers? Otherwise, Green Bay has little chance of losing. WIN
Week 15: Sunday, Dec. 17, at Carolina, 1 p.m.
Either Green Bay or Carolina has played in the past three NFC title games. Expect Panthers to bounce back from a disappointing 2016. LOSS
Week 16: Saturday, Dec. 23, Minnesota, 8:30 p.m.
For the second consecutive season, Green Bay hosts the Vikings on a Saturday in Week 16. Pack won 38-25 in 2016. WIN
Week 17: Sunday, Dec. 31, at Detroit, 1 p.m.
Second year in a row the Pack close the season in Detroit; they won 31-24 in 2016 to claim the NFC North title. LOSS
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