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The Packers begin the 2012 season by hosting the 49ers.
If you look at the overall numbers, the Green Bay Packers have what one might consider to be one of the easiest schedules in the NFL
That may be true if you’re a numbers guy, but we all know about this rule: It’s not who you play in the NFL, it’s when you play them.
While teams such as Indianapolis are factored in using last season’s record, early indications about the Colts show an improved team with a guy by the name of Andrew Luck who seems to be the real deal.
Though the Colts’ record was abysmal last year, the addition of a decent quarterback makes playing the Colts a different game.
Getting through the first four games of the season will be a big test for the Packers. You’ve got the San Francisco 49ers coming into Lambeau Field for the opener, but the Packers turn around four days later to host the Chicago Bears for the Thursday Night Football opener.
Throw in a West Coast trip to Seattle to take on the Seahawks, and follow that up with a home game against the New Orleans Saints, and you’ve got a slate of games that will challenge even the best.
The Packers go on the road for the first three weeks of October, traveling to Indianapolis, Houston and St. Louis.
They host two straight home games against the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Arizona Cardinals before their bye-week on November 11.
It’s back on the road for the Packers who will visit the Detroit Lions and the New York Giants on November 18 and 25 respectively before they play three of their final five games at home.
The Packers host Minnesota and Detroit on December 2 and 9 respectively, travel to Chicago, and come back to host Tennessee before finishing the regular season in Minnesota.
You could call that an easy schedule, but just remember the rule mentioned above.