Packers 2018 schedule: Biggest storylines for each game

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 17: Aaron Rodgers
ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 17: Aaron Rodgers /
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ATLANTA, GA – SEPTEMBER 17: Aaron Rodgers
ATLANTA, GA – SEPTEMBER 17: Aaron Rodgers /

The 2018 NFL schedule has officially been released, and the Green Bay Packers will need to battle to return to the postseason.

After finishing last season 7-9, the Packers missed the postseason for the first time since 2008, that was also the last time they finished with a record below .500.

This upcoming year, it won’t be easy for the Packers.

Based on their opponents’ combined record in 2017, Green Bay has the league’s toughest schedule in 2018.

Green Bay face six teams that made the postseason last season; the Minnesota Vikings (twice), Buffalo Bills, LA Rams, New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons.

They will also travel across the country to take on the Seattle Seahawks.

It’s difficult to make predictions before any team has stepped on the field, however there are several storylines that won’t change as game day approaches.

Week 1: Chicago Bears (And Week 15)

Green Bay’s 100th season at Lambeau Field opens up with the oldest rivalry in the NFL on Sunday night against the Chicago Bears.

The Packers lead the series against the NFC North Rivals 96-94-6 and are currently on a four game winning-streak.

Last year they handled the Bears with ease, winning 35-14 in September and 23-16 in November.

Starting the season at home is a plus for the Packers, as they will look to get off to a fast start against an inferior opponent.

Green Bay will have its second crack at Chicago in the Week 15 matchup. No divisional game is a guarantee and there could be playoff implications in this late-season duel.