Looking Ahead: Schedule, Draft

The combined winning percentage of next year's opponents is .508, with six games against teams that qualified for this year's playoffs.

The Green Bay Packers' 2011 schedule is complete.

Because of the NFL's schedule rotation, most of the slate was established long ago. The Packers have their traditional home-and-home series against the NFC North teams, games against all four teams from the NFC South and AFC West, and games against the second-place teams from the other NFC East and West. That wound up being the Giants and Rams.


Chicago (11-5), Detroit (6-10), Minnesota (6-10), New Orleans (11-5), Tampa Bay (10-6), Oakland (8-8), Denver (4-12) and St. Louis (7-9).


Chicago (11-5), Detroit (6-10), Minnesota (6-10), Atlanta (13-3), Carolina (2-14), Kansas City (10-6), San Diego (9-7) and the New York Giants (10-6).

The combined record of those teams is 130-126, a winning percentage of .508. On paper, that's slightly easier than who the Packers faced this season. Squaring off against the NFC East and AFC East, the Packers' opponents wound up finishing 133-123, for a winning percentage of .520.

On this year's schedule, Chicago, Philadelphia, the Jets, Atlanta and New England reached the postseason. That's one more than the 2011 slate, with Chicago, New Orleans, Atlanta and Kansas City.

Dates and times will not be released until mid- to late April.

For all the NFL schedules click here.

NFL draft

As it stands, the Packers own the 25th pick of the first round.

The top 20 picks are set, with the final 12 based on playoff results.

Losers of this weekend's games will pick 21st through 24th, based on the reverse of their records (a 9-7 team would pick before a 10-6 team, for instance). Ties are snapped based on strength of victory (with a team whose strength of victory is .400 picking ahead of a team whose strength of victory is .500, for example).

Losers in the divisional round will pick 25th through 28th and the losers of the conference championship games pick 29th and 30th, with the same tiebreaking procedures. The Super Bowl loser goes 31st and the champion goes 32nd.

We have the chart right here.

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