DETROIT – The Green Bay Packers allegedly had the easiest schedule in the NFL for this season.
So, take the following paragraphs for what they’re worth.
With the Packers winning the NFC North championship on Sunday night, their schedule for 2017 is finalized. The highlights:
-- Green Bay was scheduled to play the AFC North and NFC South. The AFC North teams combined to go 26-37-1; the NFC South teams combined to go 33-31.
-- By winning the NFC North, it will play the first-place teams from the NFC East (Dallas; 13-3) and NFC West (Seattle; 10-5-1).
In all, Green Bay will play six games against teams that qualified for this year’s playoffs: Detroit and Seattle at home and Detroit, Atlanta, Pittsburgh and Dallas on the road.
Green Bay also will play five games against teams that have top-10 draft picks: Chicago and Cincinnati at home and Chicago, Carolina and Cleveland on the road.
Added together, Green Bay’s opponents for 2017 finished with a winning percentage of .480 in 2016. Here’s the schedule:
Home: Chicago Bears (3-13), Detroit Lions (9-7), Minnesota Vikings (8-8), New Orleans Saints (7-9), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (9-7), Baltimore Ravens (8-8), Cincinnati Bengals (6-9-1), Seattle Seahawks (10-5-1). Total: 60-66-2 (.477)
Away: Chicago Bears (3-13), Detroit Lions (9-7), Minnesota Vikings (8-8), Atlanta Falcons (11-5), Carolina Panthers (6-10), Cleveland Browns (1-15), Pittsburgh Steelers (11-5), Dallas Cowboys (13-3). Total: 62-66 (.484).
Total: 122-132-2 (.480).
The Packers’ opponents this season had a winning percentage of .457 in 2015. That equated to the easiest schedule in the league. In reality, the Packers’ opponents wound up with a winning percentage of .508. That tied Kansas City for the most challenging schedule among the 12 playoff teams.
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