Green Bay Packers schedule takeaways:
- 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).
The Green Bay Packers schedule for the 2021 NFL season is out and everyone is wondering if Aaron Rodgers, the reigning NFL MVP, will be under center when this team takes the field. Needless to say, the outcome of the ongoing saga will have a monumental impact on the Packers’ record.
Green Bay will do everything in its power to avoid Rodgers pulling a Carson Palmer. With the franchise refusing to entertain the thought of a trade and confident the 37-year-old will stick things out, let’s dive into our predictions for the Packers’ schedule.
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
- WR: Davante Adams, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Devin Funchess, Allen Lazard, Amari Rodgers
- Defense: No. 16 in preliminary NFL defense rankings
Green Bay Packers schedule predictions
Let’s dive into our game-by-game predictions for the Packers’ 2021 season.
Green Bay Packers 2021 preseason schedule
|Saturday, Aug. 14||vs. Houston Texans||8:00 PM||Packers TV Network|
|Saturday, Aug. 21||vs. New York Jets||4:25 PM||Packers TV Network|
|Saturday, Aug. 28||@ Buffalo Bills||1:00 PM||Packers TV Network|
This season the NFL is lowering the amount of preseason games to three per team, and instead expanding the regular season to 17 games, rather than the traditional 16 games.
Week 1 – @ New Orleans Saints
|Sun, Sep. 12||4:25 PM||FOX|
- Spread: Saints -2.5 (via DraftKings)
- Moneyline: Saints -137, Packers +112
Jameis Winston gives New Orleans its best chance to win in 2021 and he should win the starting job. But this team is taking a step back this fall and fans filling out the Mercedes-Benz Superdome won’t have enough of an influence to flip this. With Rodgers playing with a chip on his shoulder, Green Bay starts the season 1-0.
- Week 1 prediction: Packers 27, Saints 21
Week 2 – vs. Detroit Lions
|Mon, Sep. 20||8:15 PM||ESPN|
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.
- Week 2 prediction: Packers 34, Lions 10
Week 3 – @ San Francisco 49ers
|Sun, Sep. 26||8:20 PM||NBC|
Matt LaFleur got some revenge against his friend last season, but it required the 49ers missing a majority of their starters. Whether Jimmy Garoppolo or Trey Lance is under center, it shouldn’t make a huge difference in this matchup. With Green Bay’s offensive line still trying to find cohesion, the 49ers’ defense paves the way to a win.
- Week 3 prediction: 49ers 20, Packers 17
Week 4 – vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
|Sun, Oct. 3||4:25 PM||CBS|
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. 10||4:25 PM||FOX|
Joe Burrow deserves so much better than the Bengals. Cincinnati doesn’t have an NFL-caliber defense, its 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 putting on a clinic in Cincinnati.
- Week 5 prediction: Packers 34, Bengals 21
Week 6 – @ Chicago Bears
|Sun, Oct. 17||1 PM||FOX|
At this point, Aaron 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
Week 7 – vs. Washington Football Team
|Sun, Oct. 24||1 PM||FOX|
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. 28||8:20 PM||FOX, 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. 7||4:25 PM||FOX|
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
Week 10 – vs. Seattle Seahawks
|Sun, Nov. 14||4:25 PM||CBS|
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
Week 11 – @ Minnesota Vikings
|Sun, Nov. 21||1 PM||FOX|
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. 28||4:25 PM||FOX|
Another game in a rather grueling stretch on Green Bay’s schedule. The Packers did knock the Rams out of the NFL Playoffs, but that came with Goff under center. Matthew Stafford completely changes the dynamic of this team. With a great defense behind him and an outstanding supporting cast on offense, Stafford bests a close friend.
- Week 12 prediction: Rams 28, Packers 21
Week 13 – BYE
Week 14 – vs. Chicago Bears
|Sun, Dec. 12||8:20 PM||NBC|
By December, at the latest, Justin Fields will be starting for the Bears. He’s 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
Week 15 – @ Baltimore Ravens
|Sun, Dec. 19||1 PM||FOX|
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. 25||4:30 PM||FOX, 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. 2||8:20 PM||NBC|
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
Week 18 – @ Detroit Lions
|Sun, Jan. 9||1:00 PM||FOX|
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