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Packers' 2013 schedule looks difficult

Jan. 30, 2013
 
Packers' M.D. Jennings (43), Ryan Pickett (79), Erick Walden (93), Brad Jones (59) and Morgan Burnett (42) stuff Arizona Cardinals running back William Powell (33) in the second quarter during Sunday's game at Lambeau Field. Evan Siegle/Press-Gazette
Packers' M.D. Jennings (43), Ryan Pickett (79), Erick Walden (93), Brad Jones (59) and Morgan Burnett (42) stuff Arizona Cardinals running back William Powell (33) in the second quarter during Sunday's game at Lambeau Field. Evan Siegle/Press-Gazette

Things can change dramatically between now and next fall, but from a distance, the Packers' 2013 schedule looks very challenging.

The Packers must play Super Bowl qualifiers Baltimore and San Francisco on the road next season.

With the Super Bowl champion scheduled to host the Week 1 regular season opener on Thursday, Sept. 5, there's at least a decent chance the Packers could be the opponent, against either the Ravens or 49ers.

Only seven of the Packers' 16 opponents in 2013 qualified for the playoffs, but on the other hand, just four of their opponents posted losing records in 2012.

The Packers' road schedule looks especially challenging, with only Detroit among the eight opponents having a losing record last season.

Check out this road gauntlet the Packers must run next season:

Baltimore (6-2 at home in 2012)

San Francisco (6-1-1 at home)

New York Giants (6-2)

Minnesota (7-1)

Cincinnati

Chicago

Dallas

Detroit

The Packers finished 4-4 on the road in 2012 and would probably be happy to break even again next year with such a tough schedule.

At home, the Packers finished 7-1 last season and will likely have to rely on their home-field advantage to ensure a fifth consecutive playoff berth. Here is their slate of games at Lambeau Field:

Washington

Atlanta

Philadelphia

Pittsburgh

Cleveland

Chicago

Minnesota

Detroit

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