Originally written July 20, 2012 on Football Nation:
There is no question the Green Bay Packers are one of the best teams in the NFL heading into the 2012 season. Will the only team to go 15-1 last year, go 16-0 this season? Let’s take a look. Perhaps the most significant factor in a run at perfection is the strength of schedule. Based on last years records, only New England has an easier schedule. Green Bay opponents combined for a 120-136 record (.469) in 2011. Seven of their opponents had at least nine wins last year, but one of those teams, New Orleans, will face the Packers in week 4 with some key components missing due to the bounty scandal. If Green Bay finds themselves 14-0 going into week 16, they have two very winnable games, even if the starters do not play, against Tennessee and Minnesota. A week 10 bye before their toughest two game stretch against the New York Giants and Detroit Lions and the Green Bay schedule has 16-0 written all over it. The Green Bay offense was the most prolific in the league last season, leadin...
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