Packers: Last three games could make or break season
The final three games on the schedule could make or break the Green Bay Packers’ season in 2019.
Division games should be played in December, the most important month of the regular season. That’s exactly how the Green Bay Packers‘ 2019 season will play out with their final three games all coming against their NFC North rivals.
Unless the Packers already have the NFC North title in the bag prior to Week 15 (highly unlikely), the final three weeks will be huge in the race for playoffs.
Interestingly, the Packers will meet the Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions — in that order — in the first six weeks of the season. They then play them again, in the same order, in consecutive weeks to close out 2019.
In Week 15, Green Bay will host Chicago at Lambeau Field before hitting the road for games at Minnesota and Detroit. The Packers certainly can’t afford to lose all three. They may need to win at least two.
And this isn’t just an important three-game stretch for the Packers, but also the rest of the NFC North.
The Bears face a difficult few games to end the year. After meeting the Packers at Lambeau in Week 15, they will host Kansas City then play at Minnesota in the season finale. Minnesota plays on the road in Week 15 against the LA Chargers, then hosts Green Bay and Chicago. Detroit has the easiest run-in with games against Tampa Bay and at Denver before the Packers visit Ford Field in Week 17.
It’s tough to predict the NFC North this year. The Bears are the defending champions but it wouldn’t be a surprise if this division had three teams competing for the division title and a playoff berth. That only increases the importance of winning division games.
And Green Bay will get three of them in Weeks 15-17. It could be the difference between winning the NFC North and missing the playoffs entirely.