Packers learn schedule, draft slot

The Green Bay Packers on Monday learned of next year's opponents and its preliminary slot for the April draft.

THE SCHEDULE

Much of the schedule has been determined years in advance. For 2005, the Packers and their NFC North brethren are scheduled to play the teams from the NFC South and AFC North. Those eight games along with six division clashes make up 14 of the 16 games on the schedule.

The other two games come against the conference teams that match the Packers' place in the standings. With Green Bay already playing all the teams from the NFC South, that means the first-place Packers face the first-place teams from the NFC East and NFC West: Philadelphia and Seattle.

Here is the NFC North schedule for 2005.

GREEN BAY, FIRST PLACE

Home: Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Seattle Seahawks, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers

Away: Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Philadelphia Eagles, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals

MINNESOTA, SECOND PLACE

Home: Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, St. Louis Rams, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers

Away: Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, New York Giants, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals

DETROIT, THIRD PLACE

Home: Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals

Away: Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dallas Cowboys, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers

CHICAGO, FOURTH PLACE

Home: Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, San Francisco 49ers, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals

Away: Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Washington Redskins, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers

THE DRAFT

For now, Green Bay holds the 24th pick in the first round (and other rounds, barring trades) of the 2005 NFL draft. If they advance in the playoffs, the Packers would be given picks later in the rounds. If they lose Sunday, the Packers would stay at No. 24.

Here is the draft order, as released by the league on Monday. Teams are listed with record and winning percentage, and opponents' winning percentage and record. The opponents' winning percentage is used to break ties. Teams with an asterisk are playoff teams.

1. San Francisco 2-14-0 (.125) (.488) 125-131-0

2. Miami 4-12-0 (.250) (.555) 142-114-0

3. Cleveland 4-12-0 (.250) (.590) 151-105-0

4. Chicago 5-11-0 (.313) (.465) 119-137-0

5. Tampa Bay 5-11-0 (.313) (.477) 122-134-0

6. Tennessee 5-11-0 (.313) (.512) 131-125-0

7. Oakland 5-11-0 (.313) (.570) 146-110-0

8. Arizona 6-10-0 (.375) (.461) 118-138-0

9. Washington 6-10-0 (.375) (.477) 122-134-0

10. Detroit 6-10-0 (.375) (.496) 127-129-0

#11. Dallas 6-10-0 (.375) (.516) 132-124-0

12. NY Giants (to San Diego) 6-10-0 (.375) (.516) 132-124-0

13. Houston 7-9-0 (.438) (.504) 129-127-0

14. Carolina 7-9-0 (.438) (.508) 130-126-0

15. Kansas City 7-9-0 (.438) (.551) 141-115-0

16. New Orleans 8-8-0 (.500) (.465) 119-137-0

17. Cincinnati 8-8-0 (.500) (.543) 139-117-0

*18. Minnesota 8-8-0 (.500) (.480) 123-133-0

*19. St. Louis 8-8-0 (.500) (.488) 125-131-0

20. Buffalo (to Dallas) 9-7-0 (.563) (.512) 131-125-0

21. Jacksonville 9-7-0 (.563) (.527) 135-121-0

22. Baltimore 9-7-0 (.563) (.551) 141-115-0

*23. Seattle 9-7-0 (.563) (.445) 114-142-0

*24. Green Bay 10-6-0 (.625) (.457) 117-139-0

*25. Denver 10-6-0 (.625) (.484) 124-132-0

*26. NY Jets 10-6-0 (.625) (.523) 134-122-0

*27. Atlanta 11-5-0 (.688) (.434) 111-145-0

*28. San Diego 12-4-0 (.750) (.477) 122-134-0

*29. Indianapolis 12-4-0 (.750) (.500) 128-128-0

*30. Philadelphia 13-3-0 (.813) (.453) 116-140-0

*31. New England 14-2-0 (.875) (.492) 126-130-0

*32. Pittsburgh 15-1-0 (.938) (.484) 124-132-0


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