Green Bay Packers schedule and 2021 season predictions

Green Bay Packers schedule this week

Week 2 – vs. Detroit Lions

Mon, Sep. 208:15 PMESPN
  • Spread: Packers (-11)
  • Moneyline: Packers (-550); Lions (+400)
  • Over/Under: 48 points
  • Sportsnaut prediction: Packers 31, Lions 24

The Detroit Lions are going to be an awful football team this year. Jared Goff was elevated by his supporting cast and a great system in Los Angeles. He won’t have either of those things in Detroit and it’s not like this defense can stop anyone. Chalk this up as an easy victory for the Packers.

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Green Bay Packers schedule and roster outlook

  • Packers’ schedule ranks 14th in projected difficulty, per The Athletic
  • Green Bay will play five primetime games, including matchups against the Detroit Lions (Monday Night Football), San Francisco 49ers (Sunday Night Football), Arizona Cardinals (Thursday Night Football) and Chicago Bears (Sunday Night Football).
  • Sportsnaut’s Green Bay Packers projected record: 13-4

Green Bay Packers roster outlook

All our predictions are based on the Packers keeping and starting these key players:

  • QB: Aaron Rodgers
  • RB: Aaron Jones, A.J. Dillon, Kylin Hill
  • WR:  Davante Adams, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Randall Cobb, Allen Lazard, Amari Rodgers
  • TE: Robert Tonyan, Marcedes Lewis
  • Defense: No. 17 in Week 2 NFL defense rankings

Green Bay Packers schedule predictions

Week 1 — Green Bay Packers lost on the road against the New Orleans Saints, 38-3

  • When: Sunday, September 12 at 4:25 PM on FOX
  • Spread: Packers -4.5, (via DraftKings)
  • Moneyline: Packers (-225), Saints (+185)
  • Over/Under: 50
  • Sportsnaut prediction: Packers 31, Saints 20

It could not possibly have been more humiliating for Aaron Rodgers and Co. in their season opener Sunday against the New Orleans Saints. Rodgers threw zero touchdowns against two interceptions before being pulled with his team down five touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Green Bay’s defense also yielded five touchdown passes against zero interceptions to Jameis Winston. We’re not sure where this team goes from here.

Week 3 – @ San Francisco 49ers

Sun, Sep. 268:20 PMNBC
  • Spread:  TBD
  • Moneyline: TBD
  • Over/Under: TBD
  • Sportsnaut prediction: 49ers 31, Packers 21

Green Bay won’t have Za’Darius Smith for several weeks after the Pro Bowl pass rusher landed on injured reserve. Playing without their best edge rusher and their All-Pro left tackle, the Packers just don’t have the talent to beat the 49ers in San Francisco.

Week 4 – vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Sun, Oct. 34:25 PMCBS
  • Spread:  TBD
  • Moneyline: TBD
  • Over/Under: TBD

Pittsburgh’s front seven will cause some problems for Rodgers and the Packers. T.J. Watt will relish the opportunity to shine in front of his family. But it might not matter much. The Steelers could have a below-average offense in 2021 and Green Bay shouldn’t have too many issues containing Ben Roethlisberger and Co.

  • Week 4 prediction: Packers 21, Steelers 13

Week 5 – @ Cincinnati Bengals

Sun, Oct. 104:25 PMFOX

Joe Burrow deserves so much better than the Bengals. Cincinnati’s offensive line can’t protect the face of the franchise and there are still concerns about Zac Taylor as a head coach. All of those are ingredients for the Packers’ defense to dominate. Oh, Green Bay will let Rodgers and Jones also cook.

  • Week 5 prediction: Packers 34, Bengals 21
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Week 6 – @ Chicago Bears

Sun, Oct. 171 PMFOX

At this point, Rodgers is co-owner of the Bears. He is 20-5 in his career against Chicago, boasting a 107.2 passer rating and a 55-10 TD-INT ratio. Keep in mind, the Bears’ defense is poised to regress in 2021 after losing Kyle Fuller. As long as No. 12 is under center, the Packers can crush their rival.

  • Week 6 prediction: Packers 31, Bears 24

Related: Chicago Bears schedule, record prediction

Week 7 – vs. Washington Football Team

Sun, Oct. 241 PMFOX

The Washington Football Team might have the best defense in the NFL. It’s more than the pass-rushing duo of Chase Young and Montez Sweat, there is also Jonathan Allen and Daron Payne on the defensive line. Plus, Washington’s secondary is even better after adding William Jackson III. Losses at Lambeau Field are rare for the Packers, but the WFT can deliver one.

  • Week 7 prediction: Washington Football Team 17, Packers 13

Week 8 – @ Arizona Cardinals

Thu, Oct. 288:20 PMFOX, NFL

Entertaining Thursday Night Football games are double rainbows, you must appreciate them when they appear. NFL fans are getting a treat Oct. 28, with a TNF clash that could be one of the best NFL games in 2021. Expect Rodgers and Kyler Murray to make jaw-dropping throws with regularity, but the reigning NFL MVP gets the ball last and secures a win.

  • Week 8 prediction: Packers 35, Cardinals 31

Week 9 – @ Kansas City Chiefs

Sun, Nov. 74:25 PMFOX

Talk about an incredible back-to-back set on the Packers’ schedule. Green Bay will need the additional rest days after beating the Cardinals, because Kansas City’s offense looks better than ever. Patrick Mahomes is already almost impossible to stop and now he has a great offensive line. In a hostile environment against the best player in the NFL, Green Bay loses.

  • Week 9 prediction: Chiefs 31, Packers 21

Related: Top 20 NFL QB Rankings – What happened to Aaron Rodgers?

Week 10 – vs. Seattle Seahawks

Sun, Nov. 144:25 PMCBS

The Packers have won four of their last five meetings against Seattle. Furthermore, the Seahawks haven’t won a game at Lambeau Field since 1999. Green Bay’s receivers match up extremely well against Seattle’s secondary and the tandem of Jones-Dillon will also cause problems. With the fans on their side, the Packers should win a thrilling game.

  • Week 10 prediction: Packers 34, Seahawks 28
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Week 11 – @ Minnesota Vikings

Sun, Nov. 211 PMFOX

Can the Packers contain Dalvin Cook? We saw what happened in November last season, he put the team on his back with a four-touchdown, 226-yard performance and won. But that was a 28-22 victory and it’s hard to imagine Green Bay’s defense being quite that bad under a new defensive coordinator. This will come down to the final minutes, we just don’t trust Kirk Cousins with the game on the line.

  • Week 11 prediction: Packers 24, Vikings 20

Week 12 – vs. Los Angeles Rams

Sun, Nov. 284:25 PMFOX

Even with more experience by this point in the season, the Packers will be starting a rookie center against Aaron Donald. On the other side of the ball, the Rams will find ways to attack Kevin King relentlessly. The end result is a victory on the road at Lambeau Field for Sean McVay and Co.

  • Week 12 prediction: Rams 27, Packers 21

Week 13 – BYE

Week 14 – vs. Chicago Bears

Sun, Dec. 128:20 PMNBC

Justin Fields is going to be a thorn in Green Bay’s side for years to come, potentially putting its fans through what other fan bases in the NFC North have experienced for decades. That time will come, it just won’t be this year.

  • Week 14 prediction: Packers 28, Bears 20
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Week 15 – @ Baltimore Ravens

Sun, Dec. 191 PMFOX

Baltimore’s defense has been its greatest strength for years. We might see that change this fall. Lamar Jackson finally has legitimate NFL weapons around him and that makes one of the most explosive players in the NFL a lot more dangerous. There’s just too much for Green Bay’s defense to overcome, especially on the road.

  • Week 15 prediction: Ravens 31, Packers 28

Week 16 – vs. Cleveland Browns

Sat, Dec. 254:30 PMFOX, NFL

It feels weird to call the Cleveland Browns a Super Bowl contender, but they’ve earned it. They have one of the most dominant rushing attacks in the NFL, which will cause real problems for the Packers. But that wouldn’t have been enough before. After overhauling the defense this spring, Cleveland now has the arsenal to win at Lambeau Field.

  • Week 16 prediction: Browns 34, Packers 28

Week 17 – vs. Minnesota Vikings

Sun, Jan. 28:20 PMNBC

Sweeping your divisional opponents isn’t easy, there’s just something about a familiar foe that makes it a rare feat. But the Lions aren’t even trying this year and the Bears are also a work in progress. So, that leaves the Vikings standing in Green Bay’s way of using the broom. This should be another outstanding battle, but we’ll give the edge to the Packers due to the talent differential at quarterback.

  • Week 17 prediction: Packers 28, Vikings 27

Related: Predicting NFL playoff teams and Super Bowl 2022 winner

Week 18 – @ Detroit Lions

Sun, Jan. 91:00 PMFOX

With the division locked up, Jordan Love makes his first NFL start. Green Bay hopes it will be a Mahomes-like moment, opening the door to trade Rodgers next spring and creating excitement about the new quarterback. We’ll see if this team’s dream actually happens, but they should beat Detroit regardless.

  • Week 18 prediction: Packers 24, Lions 20

Green Bay Packers projected record: 13-4