2015 Packers Schedule

Here is a game-by-game look at the Green Bay Packers' schedule, which was released on Tuesday.

WEEK 1: at Chicago Bears

Time, Date. TV: Noon, Sunday, Sept. 13. Fox

2014 record: 5-11 (last, NFC North).

2014 points/points allowed: 19.9 points (23rd); 27.6 points allowed (31st).

Noteworthy: It’s no wonder why the Bears fired Marc Trestman and replaced him with John Fox. The Packers scored 93 points in sweeping last year’s series. With a healthy Aaron Rodgers, the Packers haven’t lost to the Bears since Sept. 27, 2010. Quarterbacks are the key: Jay Cutler threw a league-high 18 interceptions last season and 30 the past two seasons; Rodgers has thrown 25 the past four seasons. Cutler (or whoever is at quarterback) will have to adjust to life without Brandon Marshall, who was shipped to the Jets.


WEEK 2: home vs. Seattle Seahawks

Time, Date. TV: 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 20. NBC.

2014 record: 12-4 (first, NFC West).

2014 points/points allowed: 24.6 points (10th); 15.9 points allowed (first).

Noteworthy: Green Bay’s 2014 season was bookended by a disappointing Week 1 loss at Seattle and then the bitter loss in the NFC Championship Game. The Seahawks, the two-time NFC champs, not only feature a dominant pass defense but ranked second in the league in yards allowed per carry. That defense suffered a blow when it lost cornerback Byron Maxwell to the Eagles but the offense took a dramatic step forward when tight end Jimmy Graham was acquired from the Saints for center Max Unger and a first-round pick.


WEEK 3: home vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Time, Date. TV: 7:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 28. ESPN.

2014 record: 9-7 (tied, second, AFC West).

2014 points/points allowed: 22.1 points (16th); 17.6 points allowed (second).

Noteworthy: Green Bay hasn’t hosted Kansas City since 2003, a 40-34 overtime victory by the Chiefs. Kansas City has won six of the last seven, with Green Bay’s lone win in that span being a 33-22 victory at Kansas City in 2007. The Chiefs are 20-12 since bringing in coach Andy Reid and quarterback Alex Smith. It’s their first back-to-back winning seasons since 2005 and 2006. An excellent defense finished fifth in sacks.


WEEK 4: at San Francisco 49ers

Time, Date. TV: 3:25 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4, Fox

2014 record: 8-8 (third, NFC West).

2014 points/points allowed: 19.1 points for (25th); 21.3 points allowed (10th).

Noteworthy: The 49ers beat the Packers in the playoffs and eliminated them in the playoffs in 2012 and 2013. The 49ers parted ways with coach Jim Harbaugh and replaced him with Jim Tomsula, their defensive line coach for the previous eight seasons. In 23 starts in 2012 and 2013, Colin Kaepernick threw 31 touchdowns and 11 interceptions and was sacked 55 times. Last season, he threw 19 touchdowns, 10 interceptions and was sacked 52 times. Like the Packers, they need to revamp their inside linebacker corps with the retirement of Patrick Willis and Chris Borland.


WEEK 5: home vs. St. Louis Rams

Time, Date. TV: Noon, Sunday, Oct. 11. CBS.

2014 record: 6-10 (last, NFC West).

2014 points/points allowed: 22.1 points (16th); 22.1 points allowed (17th).

Noteworthy: The Packers have won the last four in the series, with the Rams’ last win coming at Lambeau Field in 2006. The Rams, who haven’t even been .500 since 2006, got rid of always-injured quarterback Sam Brad Ford. The defense, however, might be good enough to carry the load after allowing 103 points in the final seven games, with two shutouts and a 22-7 win over the high-powered Broncos. A dominant defensive line got even stouter with the signing of defensive tackle Nick Fairley and defensive end Akeem Ayers.


WEEK 6: home vs. San Diego Chargers

Time, Date. TV: 3:25 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 18. CBS.

2014 record: 9-7 (tied, second, AFC West).

2014 points/points allowed: 21.9 points (17th); 21.8 points allowed (14th).

Noteworthy: The Packers have won six in a row in the series, with the Chargers’ last win coming at Lambeau Field in 1984. San Diego has gone 9-7 in its first two seasons under coach Mike McCoy. It won five in a row early in the season and three in a row at midseason before losing to New England, Denver and Kansas City down the stretch, with on-the-trade-block quarterback Philip Rivers throwing two touchdowns and five interceptions in those games.


WEEK 7: Bye

Noteworthy: Green Bay has won six in a row after its bye: 26-0 at home over Detroit in 2009, 31-3 at Minnesota in 2010, 45-38 at San Diego in 2011, 24-20 at Detroit in 2012, 22-9 at home over Detroit in 2013 and 55-14 at home over Chicago in 2014.


WEEK 8: at Denver Broncos

Time, Date. TV: 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 1. NBC.

2014 record: 12-4 (first, AFC West).

2014 points/points allowed: 30.1 points for (second); 22.1 points allowed (16th).

Noteworthy: The Packers have won three straight in the series, with Denver’s last win coming at home in 1999. Under John Fox, the Broncos went 8-8 with Tim Tebow in 2011, then 13-3 in 2012, 13-3 in 2013 and 12-4 in 2014 with Peyton Manning. In his final five games (including playoffs), Manning looked downright old with four touchdowns, six interceptions and only one game with a rating higher than 80.1. New coach Gary Kubiak, a former Broncos quarterback, went 61-64 (plus 2-2 in the playoffs) in eight seasons with Houston and was fired after going 2-11 in 2013.


WEEK 9: at Carolina Panthers

Time, Date. TV: Noon, Sunday, Nov. 8. Fox.

2014 record: 7-8-1 (first, NFC South).

2014 points/points allowed: 21.2 points (19th); 23.4 points allowed (21st).

Noteworthy: The Packers hammered the Panthers 38-17 last season for their fourth consecutive victory. Green Bay also won at Carolina in 2011. Carolina added cornerback Charles Tillman and right tackle Michael Oher but jettisoned running back DeAngelo Williams and let troubled pass rusher Greg Hardy depart. In four seasons, quarterback Cam Newton has started 62 of a possible 64 games. He needs to get better than last year’s numbers: 58.5 percent, 18 touchdowns, 12 interceptions.


WEEK 10: home vs. Detroit Lions

Time, Date. TV: Noon, Sunday, Nov. 15. Fox.

2014 record: 11-5 (second, NFC North).

2014 points/points allowed: 20.1 points (22nd); 17.6 points allowed (third).

Noteworthy: The teams have split the series the past two seasons. Green Bay, of course, won at home last year because it always wins at home. The Packers haven’t lost to the Lions at home since 1991, when Lindy Infante was the coach and Brett Favre was in Atlanta. A dominant defense, which held Green Bay to seven points and 223 yards at Ford Field in Week 3, will have to replace defensive tackles Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley, though the trade for Haloti Ngata will help.


WEEK 11: at Minnesota Vikings

Time, Date. TV: Noon, Sunday, Nov. 22. Fox.

2014 record: 7-9 (third, NFC North).

2014 points/points allowed: 20.3 points (20th); 21.4 points allowed (11th).

Noteworthy: Even without Adrian Peterson, first-year coach Mike Zimmer coaxed the Vikings to two more victories than in 2013. With Zimmer’s defensive pedigree, Minnesota went from allowing 480 points in 2013 to 343 in 2014. How? Good question. The Vikings’ defense finished 20th in yards per carry (4.3), 23rd in passer rating (92.8) and 25th in takeaways (19). The Vikings don’t just sign former Packers. They sign the brothers of Packers, with Casey Matthews signed to challenge Audie Cole at middle linebacker.


WEEK 12: home vs. Chicago Bears

Time, Date. TV: 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 26. NBC.

2014 record: 5-11 (last, NFC North).

2014 points/points allowed: 19.9 points (23rd); 27.6 points allowed (31st).

Noteworthy: New coach John Fox owns a career record of 119-89, including 46-18 in Denver the past four seasons. Fox is bringing a 3-4 scheme to a Chicago defense that was throttled to the tune of 442 points last season and 478 in 2013. Those are the two worst marks in franchise history. To that end, the Bears signed inside linebacker Mason Foster, outside linebacker Pernell McPhee and safety Antrel Rolle. Jared Allen will join McPhee at outside linebacker.


WEEK 13: at Detroit Lions

Time, Date. TV: 7:25 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 3. CBS/NFLN.

2014 record: 11-5 (second, NFC North).

2014 points/points allowed: 20.1 (22nd); 17.6 points allowed (third).

Noteworthy: For all the big-name players on offense, the Lions simply haven’t been productive. After scoring a franchise-record 474 points in 2011, the Lions scored just 321 last season. Matthew Stafford had a passer rating of 97.2 in 2011; he’s had ratings of 79.8 in 2012, 84.2 in 2013 and 85.7 in 2014. He’s thrown 48 interceptions the past three seasons; Aaron Rodgers has thrown 57 for his career. Reggie Bush is out after Detroit finished 28th in rushing.


WEEK 14: home vs. Dallas Cowboys

Time, Date. TV: 3:25 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 13. Fox.

2014 record: 12-4 (first, NFC East).

2014 points/points allowed: 29.2 points (fifth); 22.0 points allowed (15th).

Noteworthy: This is a rematch of last year’s NFC Divisional playoff game, won by the Packers 26-21. Green Bay has won the last four matchups, including wins at Lambeau in 2009, 2010 and 2014. Dallas lost some key pieces to that team, including runaway NFL rushing leader DeMarco Murray, but franchised receiver Dez Bryant and took a chance on troubled pass rusher Greg Hardy. For the Cowboys to match their success, they’ll have to replicate last year’s second-ranked 31 takeaways.


WEEK 15: Oakland Raiders

Time, Date. TV: 3:05 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 20. Fox.

2014 record: 3-13 (last, AFC West).

2014 points/points allowed: 15.8 points for (31st); 28.3 points allowed (32nd).

Noteworthy: The Packers have won the last six in the series, with the Raiders’ last win coming in 1987 at Lambeau Field. Other than going 8-8 in 2010 and 2011, the Raiders haven’t won more than five games since going 11-5 and reaching the Super Bowl in 2002. So, they changed coaches for the seventh time since that Super Bowl, hiring Jack Del Rio, who went 68-71 with two playoff berths in nine seasons with Jacksonville. They hope Derek Carr, a second-round pick last year, will be the answer at quarterback. He started all 16 games with a rating of 76.6 but had seven touchdowns and one pick in his final four games.


WEEK 16: at Arizona Cardinals

Time, Date. TV: 3:25 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 27. Fox.

2014 record: 11-5 (second, NFC West).

2014 points/points allowed: 19.4 points (24th); 18.7 points allowed (fifth).

Noteworthy: The Packers lost their last trip to Arizona, 51-45 in the wild 2009 playoff shootout. Behind coach Bruce Arians, who worked wonders last season with a parade of bad quarterbacking following Carson Palmer’s torn ACL, the Cardinals are coming off back-to-back 10-win seasons. They had only one 10-win season from 1976 through 2012. They lost cornerback Antonio Cromartie but signed guard Mike Iupati, inside linebacker Sean Weatherspoon, outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley and defensive end Corey Peters.


WEEK 17: home vs. Minnesota Vikings

Time, Date. TV: Noon, Sunday, Jan. 3. Fox.

2014 record: 7-9 (third, NFC North).

2014 points/points allowed: 20.3 points (20th); 21.4 points allowed (11th).

Noteworthy: The Packers swept the season series 42-10 at home and 24-21 at Minnesota. In the Vikings’ last five trips to Lambeau Field, they are 0-4-1. Rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater went 6-6, including the game at Minnesota. In three of his final five games, he had a passer rating of at least 114.1. Bridgewater will have a new No. 1 receiver, with the release of Greg Jennings but the trade with Miami to acquire Mike Wallace.



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