Because of the NFL's schedule rotation, the Packers knew they'd be playing home and away games against the NFC North teams (Minnesota, Chicago, Detroit), along with the entire NFC South (Atlanta, Carolina, New Orleans and Tampa Bay) and AFC West (Denver, Kansas City, Oakland and San Diego). The second-place Packers will complete their schedule against the second-place team from the other NFC divisions – Giants (East) and the West (the loser of next week's St. Louis-Seattle game.
So, here's how it looks:
Chicago, Detroit, Minnesota, New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Denver, Oakland and St. Louis/Seattle.
Chicago, Detroit, Minnesota, Atlanta, Carolina, Kansas City, San Diego, New York Giants.
The combined record of the opponents (including Seattle's record in the NFC West) is 120-118.
Dates and times won't be set until mid-to-late April.
Unless the NFL changes the scheduling format if it goes to an 18-game schedule, the Packers will play the NFC West and AFC South in 2012. In 2013, it's the NFC East and AFC North. In 2014, it's the NFC South and AFC East.
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