The NFL schedule has been finalized and can be found below for your viewing, studying and analyzing pleasure. The Green Bay Packers will play five times on national television in the 2012 NFL season, including a total of three games on Sunday Night Football, one game on Monday Night Football and one game on Thursday Night Football. A total of nine games will be televised locally on FOX and another two will be on CBS.
Green Bay's schedule is the second easiest in the league based on last year's records, mostly has to do with the luck of the draw and when it was time to play certain divisions. The AFC South and NFC West have been in down cycles recently, though I expect all of the Indianapolis Colts, Seattle Seahawks and St. Louis Rams to have vastly improved records over last season. Matt Flynn will face his old team when the Packers play the Seahawks on September 24. The Packers' two games that were not determined by divisional assignments are against the New York Giants and the New Orleans Saints.
The first Packers' game against a divisional rival comes on September 13, when they take on the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field in Thursday Night Football. Their last divisional game of the year comes against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 17. You can find the complete Green Bay Packers schedule for 2012 after the jump. All times listed are central time.
Week 2: Bears (Thursday, 7:20 p.m., NFL Network)
Week 3: at Seahawks (Monday, 7:30 p.m., ESPN)
Week 4: Saints (Sunday, 3:15 p.m., FOX)
Week 5: at Colts (Sunday, 12 p.m., FOX)
Week 6: at Texans (Sunday, 7:20 p.m., NBC)
Week 7: at Rams (Sunday, 12 p.m., FOX)
Week 8: Jaguars (Sunday, 12 p.m., CBS)
Week 9: Cardinals (Sunday, 12 p.m., FOX)
Week 10: BYE
Week 12: at Giants (Sunday, 7:15 p.m., NBC)
Week 13: Vikings (Sunday, 12 p.m., FOX)
Week 14: Lions (Sunday, 7:20 p.m., NBC)
Week 15: at Bears (Sunday, 12 p.m., FOX)
Week 16: Titans (Sunday, 12 p.m., CBS)
Week 17: at Vikings (Sunday, 12 p.m., FOX)
I'm looking forward to opening the season against the San Fransisco 49ers, as tough as that game is likely to be. I feel like the team seriously benefited from starting the year against the New Orleans Saints in 2011. I'm also really looking forward to the game against the Seahawks, and I'm hoping that I'll be able to take a trip to one of the road games this season. Tickets at Lambeau might be a bit too rich for my blood, unless one of you knows a guy who knows a guy, or you just like me a lot and you want to hook me up.