Winning on the road is always difficult in the NFL. That will be especially true for the Green Bay Packers in 2018.
The Packers face a daunting road schedule this season, on paper at least.
The dates and times of those games will be revealed during the NFL’s schedule release on Thursday at 8 p.m. ET.
Three of Green Bay’s eight road opponents — Minnesota, LA Rams and New England — made the playoffs last season. The Patriots are the defending AFC champions, while the Vikings fell a game short of the Super Bowl.
Here is the full list of Green Bay’s road opponents in 2018.
Packers 2018 road opponents
Los Angeles Rams
New England Patriots
New York Jets
Division games are never easy. The only division rival the Packers have had consistent success against on the road is the Bears. Green Bay has won on each of its past eight trips to Soldier Field, including the NFC Championship Game in 2011.
But the Bears have put together a strong offseason so far, strengthening their offense with the signings of Allen Robinson, Trey Burton and Taylor Gabriel. If they can add more talent along the offensive line and defense in the 2018 NFL Draft next week, they will be a tough team to beat.
Don’t forget about the Seahawks, either.
Despite losing a ton of talent on defense this offseason, CenturyLink Field is still one of the toughest venues to visit in the NFL. It will be the Packers’ first trip there since the game that will not be discussed. Green Bay’s recent history in Seattle has been miserable to say the least.
As ever, the team’s focus should be on winning the home games and picking up at least four victories on the road. That was exactly what they did back in 2014, the last time the team earned a first-round playoff bye.
The Packers face a tough set of road games this year. On Thursday we’ll find out how they are spread across the schedule.