Green Bay Packers: Two intriguing 2014 matchups

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Yesterday, all Twitter and interweb worlds rocked when reports screamed that the Buffalo Bills had apparently leaked the Green Bay Packers and Bills would be featured in a Monday Night Football matchup, but even more importantly for Packers fans that the team wouldn’t have to face the Detroit Lions once again on Thanksgiving.

Today the NFL preseason schedule is to be released in about an hour … but we really don’t care about that.

This afternoon, I thought I would take a couple of minutes to highlight two games that could play major roles in the Packers overall record this coming season.

Though we won’t know for at least a couple of weeks the exact dates of regular season games, we do know the home and away opponents and I thought I would consider one home and one away game and talk about why they will be important to the Packers this coming season.

Packers vs. Patriots

To me, one of the most important home games the Packers will play in 2014 will be against perennial AFC powerhouse New England Patriots. It’s been several years since Tom Brady and the Patriots have visited Lambeau Field, providing us with an unusual and seldom-seen opponent here in Wisconsin.

The Packers and Patriots have met just 10 times over the course of the years (including Super Bowl XXXI), with the first time being 1973, a 33-24 Patriots win in Massachusetts. The two teams have played just three times at Lambeau Field, with the Packers winning two of those three games. The only loss by the Packers at home to the Patriots was in that woeful 2006 season when the Packers lost 35-0.

In games away from Lambeau Field, the Patriots have won four of the six games played.

Much has occurred over recent years with these two storied franchises. Both teams have been consistent winners, as should be the case when the two meet again in 2014. Regardless of when this game is scheduled, the result will go a long way not only in bragging rights, but in how they finish the season. While all games in an NFL schedule are important, this one will most likely be circled by a good many folks.

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