The Green Bay Packers 2013 schedule is yet to be released, but the opponents are already set. The question left to be answered is when the Packers will play each of these teams. The full NFL schedule will be released on April 18 (via NFL PR man Greg Aiello).
Here is a look at the most intriguing games on the Packers schedule to both fans and the NFL schedule makers.
Vs. Atlanta Falcons
Since 2010, the Packers have played the Falcons three times—one time each in the regular season in 2010 and 2011, with a postseason matchup in 2010. The Packers won two of the three matchups, which were all played in Atlanta.
This time, the Packers get the Falcons at Lambeau Field.
Another storyline heading into this game will be the Falcons' offseason signing of Steven Jackson. Many Packers fans wanted to see Jackson join the team this offseason. Fans will get a chance to watch Jackson play at Lambeau Field, but he will be wearing red and black.
At New York Giants
After thrashing the Giants 45-17 in 2010 and beating them 38-35 on a last-second field goal in 2011, the Packers have lost two straight meetings to New York. In 2011, the Giants came into Lambeau Field and ended the Packers' 15-1 season with a 37-20 playoff blowout. In 2012, the Giants welcomed the Packers to New Jersey and embarrassed them 38-10.
The Packers will definitely want revenge against the Giants. In the two losses, the Packers turned the ball over a combined six times, including two Aaron Rodgers interceptions. The rivalry has picked up over the last few seasons and should continue with both teams sustaining success.
At San Francisco 49ers
When the schedule finally comes out, this is the game the Packers will check for. Not only did the 49ers end the Packers' 2012 season, but they did so in embarrassing fashion. Colin Kaepernick ran all over the Packers defense and straight into the record books with 181 yards on the ground.
The Packers need to prove they can stop the zone-read offense. If they don't make improvements, this will be another embarrassment for the Packers.
The other big storyline in this game will be the 49ers' physicality against the Packers' lack thereof. In the last two meetings, the 49ers have pushed the Packers around and shut down the Green Bay offense with physical play. Can the Packers finally match the 49ers' physicality?