Packers 2018 schedule: Biggest storylines for each game

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 17: Aaron Rodgers
ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 17: Aaron Rodgers /
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GREEN BAY, WI – DECEMBER 23: Jamaal Williams
GREEN BAY, WI – DECEMBER 23: Jamaal Williams /

Week 2: Minnesota Vikings (And Week 12)

Expect fireworks for this early matchup between NFC North rivals.

This will be the first time Aaron Rodgers faces the team that ruined his 2017 campaign. Last season Rodgers was knocked out of their first meeting and suffered a broken collarbone.

It’s safe to assume this game will be chippy and their will be plenty of extra curricular activity after the whistle.

On the flip side, Kirk Cousins will be initiated to the rivalry. The Vikings signed Cousins this offseason to a three-year, $84 million fully guaranteed contract.

The addition of Cousins should provide a boost to their offense and makes the Vikings a very well balanced team. Lets not forget, Minnesota will likely have running back Dalvin Cook back from injury.

Week 3: Washington Redskins (Away)

Green Bay hits the road for the first time in Week 3 against the Washington Redskins.

Rodgers has only played Washington three times in his career and has a below .500 record (1-2). He only holds a below .500 record against seven out of 32 NFL teams.

The last time these two teams met was November 2016 and the Redskins pummeled Green Bay, 42-24.

This time around, Washington will have new quarterback under center, Alex Smith. Smith was traded to the Redskins this offseason. The veteran signal caller has only defeated the Packers once in his career.

Week 4: Buffalo Bills (Home)

The Packers finish the month of September with another home game and welcome the Buffalo Bills.

Green Bay has only played Buffalo 12 total times and the Bills lead the series 8-4. The last time the Bills traveled to Lambeau was in 2010.

At that point, Trent Edwards was the Bills’ quarterback. This time around, who knows?

But a former Green Bay Packer comes to Lambeau for the first time since he departed in free agency, safety Micah Hyde. Hyde was a fifth-round draft selection by the Packers in 2013.

The Bills picked Hyde up when he became an unrestricted free agent  in 2017.