After the Green Bay Packers face the Carolina Panthers (2-12) in Week 16, they will have a huge matchup on the road in Week 17 against the Minnesota Vikings (7-7). According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, there will be no changes to the Week 17 NFL schedule.
Green Bay and Minnesota will be played next Sunday night on New Year’s Eve. With the no schedule change, it is a good thing that it turned out to be this way. Depending on what happens throughout the next two weeks in the NFL, the Week 18 NFL schedule times will be determined then.
The Packers and the Vikings will have a lot to play for when they meet each other in Week 17. It will be the second consecutive season in Week 17 where the matchup will matter for both teams.
There were two games that were worth flexing into the Sunday night football slot for in Week 17. The New Orleans Saints vs. the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Miami Dolphins vs. the Baltimore Ravens. But in reality, it was a good move by the NFL to not make any schedule changes for the Week 17 matchups.
Minnesota Vikings Defeated the Green Bay Packers Back in Week 8
Back in Week 8, the Vikings defeated the Packers 24-10. That was the game where Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins suffered his season-ending injury, The quarterback for Minnesota will be much different this time around. Nick Mullens can be the starter for the Minnesota Vikings going up against quarterback Jordan Love of the Green Bay Packers.
It is very possible that Green Bay will defeat Carolina this weekend and Minnesota will lose to the Detroit Lions (10-4). That would make both teams 7-8 entering the Week 17 matchup. Another team that needs to lose this weekend is the Seattle Seahawks (7-7), who face the Tennessee Titans (5-9).
The NFC Wild Card race is heating up in the final three weeks of the NFL regular season. The Green Bay Packers need to win this weekend to make the Week 17 matchup meaningful on Sunday night football against the Minnesota Vikings.