Green Bay Packers face daunting schedule in 2018

GREEN BAY, WI - NOVEMBER 30: Quarterback Tom Brady
GREEN BAY, WI - NOVEMBER 30: Quarterback Tom Brady /

The Green Bay Packers face a daunting schedule in 2018.

A lot will change between now and September, of course, but as of January, the Green Bay Packers’ upcoming schedule looks a difficult one.

Three visiting teams to Lambeau Field made the playoffs this year. The Packers will also play three road games against playoff clubs.

Among the non-playoff teams the Packers will play are the Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers and Detroit Lions.

The Seahawks will likely be playoff contenders once again in 2018, and the fact the game takes place in Seattle makes it all the more difficult. It will be the Packers’ first trip there since the famous NFC title game in 2015.

San Francisco looked like a completely different team with Jimmy Garoppolo at quarterback. Assuming he is still on the 49ers roster next September, they could be ready to bounce back.

Green Bay will play road games against the Vikings, Rams and Super Bowl-bound Patriots.

At Lambeau, Mike McCarthy’s team gets a chance for revenge against the Falcons, who have had the Packers’ number since Dan Quinn took over as head coach in 2015.

It’s impossible to say how difficult this schedule will prove to be. A lot can change in a single offseason. Just ask the Jaguars.

But of the teams mentioned, there’s reason to believe they will remain playoff contenders.

Los Angeles, for example, has found something special with Todd Gurley and Jared Goff. Minnesota will still own one of the league’s top defenses, and New England is, well, New England.

The Packers won’t learn the order of these games until around mid-April. That’s typically when the NFL announces the schedule.

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What we do know is that Green Bay won’t be making the trip to London. The Packers still haven’t been featured in the NFL International Series, and for another year at least, won’t be playing across the pond.