The Green Bay Packers strength of schedule this year is favorable, for the first time since 2016. However that doesn’t mean their schedule is going to be easy. They are disadvantaged in a few ways as well. Either way the Green Bay Packers should have no problem competing for the NFC North Title again, and possibly the number one seed. These five games, however, could play a massive role deciding how the regular season ends for the Packers:
September 25th @ Tampa Bay (Week 3)
After Tom Brady announced his un-retirement, the Bucs once again became a threat in the NFC. This early season game could have massive seeding implications down the stretch if both teams end of finishing with the same record. There is no doubt the Bucs are going to be contenders in the conference once again. Green Bay getting a chance to redeem their brutal losses in 2020 (regular season and post season) will definitely be on the mind of Aaron Rodgers.
October 30th @ Buffalo (Week 8)
One of the many marquee matchups this season will be Green Bay at Buffalo in week 8. By the midway point through the season, MVP candidates are usually starting to be identified. This game could 100% be MVP candidate vs MVP candidate. Both teams (should be) known for their stout defenses, so this game will have multiple story lines. This game is also smack dab in the middle of their longest road stretch of the season, it like be huge to come away with a win.
November 30th Vs Dallas (Week 10)
The biggest story line of this game will be McCarthy returning to Green Bay, but don’t let that distract you from the fact that Dallas went 12-5 last year. This game could have playoff seeding implications written all over it. While the Eagles (seemingly) got better this off-season, Dallas still appears to be the team to beat in the NFC East. A couple of potential division winners in week 10 is massive.
December 19th vs Los Angeles (Week 15)
The LA Rams haven’t won at Lambeau Field in 2006. That includes the Packers epic 36-28 win last year in Green Bay. This game is likely to have conference standings implications written all over it. Two teams who figure to by vying for a top seed in the conference squaring off in week 15? This will be an absolute must win for both sides.
January 1st, Vs Minnesota (Week 17)
Let’s be honest, if there is anyone who comes close to challenging the Packers for the NFC North, it’ll be the Vikings. The Bears and Lions aren’t there (yet). While I doubt the week 17 matchup between the Vikings and Packers will be FOR the division (Green Bay should have a few game lead at this point) but this game could seal the division for Green Bay. A late divisional game always has playoff / seeding implications.
If Green Bay can go 3-2, 4-1, or even 5-0 in these games, they’ll have an extremely good chance at a high seed in the NFC.
For More Wisconsin Sports News…