A look at the Green Bay Packers’ toughest three games in the 2019 season.
Other than the Week 1 game against the Chicago Bears, we don’t yet know the Green Bay Packers‘ regular-season schedule. But we do know their opponents for 2019.
With the schedule likely to be released in the next week or so, let’s take a look at the three toughest games awaiting this team in 2019.
All three come against 2018 playoff teams.
3. At Los Angeles Chargers
The LA Chargers’ 2018 season may have ended in a disappointing way, but they were considered Super Bowl contenders for good reason, and that’s because they were one of the most balanced teams in football.
Averaging a sixth-best 26.8 points per game, while also allowing just 20.6 points, eighth-best in the league, the Chargers were unfortunate to have to settle for a wild-card berth. They had as many wins as the No. 1-seed Kansas City Chiefs, and more than the No. 2 New England Patriots.
The Chargers had a relatively quiet free agency, but they should be set for another strong 2019 season. An offense featuring Philip Rivers, Melvin Gordon, Keenan Allen and Hunter Henry will give the Packers defense all sorts of problems.
Factor in the long travel, and the Packers will have a challenging contest on the West Coast.
2. At Chicago Bears (Week 1)
The Packers’ season-opener couldn’t get much tougher. Matt LaFleur’s debut as head coach comes on the road against the division champions. Dominant on defense in 2018, the Bears allowed a league-low 17.7 points per game.
One advantage the Packers will have is the unknown. Much like Matt Nagy’s debut game at Lambeau Field in Week 1 last year, the Bears will need to adjust to an unfamiliar offense.
But that doesn’t make the Packers’ challenge much easier. They will be up against a dominant defense on the road, and they’ll need to start fast to have any chance of defeating the defending NFC North champs.
1. At Kansas City Chiefs
No team averaged more yards (425.6) or points (35.3) per game than the Kansas City Chiefs in 2018. Only Peyton Manning has thrown more touchdown passes in a single season than Patrick Mahomes, who was five short of Manning’s record.
While it’s unlikely Mahomes will put up 50-plus touchdown passes again, the Chiefs offense will once again be one of the league’s best. On the road against a Chiefs team that is 13-3 at Arrowhead Stadium over the past two seasons, the Packers face a daunting challenge.
We don’t yet know when this game will be played, but it will be a good test to see how close the Packers are to contending.