Packers just 4th Super Bowl champion to open 7-0

The defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers have the week off with a bye.

They’ve been no less impressive this season than they were a year ago, in fact maybe more so. The Packers struggled to get going a year ago with injuries hampering them. Now, they’re just the fourth defending Super Bowl champion to begin the following season 7-0, according to Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. The last? The 2007 Indianapolis Colts began 7-0.

Passing is up and scoring is up around the league and a case can be made that no team out there does either one better than the Packers, who will be forced to deal with inevitable 16-0 chatter soon if they pile up a few more victories.

How does a shot at 16-0 stack up? There are some games that will be tough. Coming out of the bye, the Packers play at San Diego. The Lions (5-2) typically play them well at Ford Field and Green Bay visits there on Thanksgiving Day. Also remaining is a road date at the New York Giants Dec. 4 and the Packers host the Chicago Bears Dec. 25. For a while, Lovie Smith had the Packers’ number, even at Lambeau Field.

If they get close, the Packers do have three of their final four regular-season games at home.

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Upcoming Games

Dec 6th, 1:00 PM

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Tennessee -6 -110

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Indianapolis -3.5 -110

Houston +3.5 -110

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Detroit +3 -110

Chicago -3 -110

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Jacksonville +10.5 -104

Minnesota -10.5 -104

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NY Jets +8 -110

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New Orleans -3 -120

Atlanta +3 -120

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Cincinnati +11.5 -110

Miami -11.5 -110

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NY Giants +10 -110

Seattle -10 -110

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LA Rams -3 -120

Arizona +3 -120

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New England -1 -110

LA Chargers +1 -110

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Philadelphia +8.5 -110

Green Bay -8.5 -110

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Denver +14 -110

Kansas City -14 -110

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Dec 7th, 5:00 PM

Washington +8.5 +100

Pittsburgh -8.5 +100

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Dec 7th, 8:15 PM

Buffalo -1 -110

San Francisco +1 -110

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Dallas

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New England +6.5 -110

LA Rams -6.5 -110

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Houston -1.5 -110

Chicago +1.5 -110

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Dec 13th, 1:00 PM

Tennessee -9.5 -110

Jacksonville +9.5 -110

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Denver +4 -110

Carolina -4 -110

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Minnesota +6 -110

Tampa Bay -6 -110

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Dec 13th, 1:00 PM

Arizona -3 -117

NY Giants +3 -117

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Dec 13th, 1:00 PM

Kansas City -7.5 -110

Miami +7.5 -110

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Dec 13th, 1:00 PM

Dallas -3.5 -107

Cincinnati +3.5 -107

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NY Jets +14.5 -110

Seattle -14.5 -110

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Indianapolis -2.5 -110

Las Vegas +2.5 -110

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Green Bay -7.5 -110

Detroit +7.5 -110

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Washington +4 -110

San Francisco -4 -110

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Atlanta +1 -107

LA Chargers -1 -107

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New Orleans -6.5 -110

Philadelphia +6.5 -110

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Dec 13th, 8:20 PM

Pittsburgh -2.5 -110

Buffalo +2.5 -110

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