With the Green Bay Packers’ 2019 regular season schedule now here, what are the three most winnable games?
The Green Bay Packers‘ regular season schedule presents a number of tough challenges, from the season-opener at Soldier Field to games on the road against the Chiefs and Chargers.
But which games should the Packers enter as strong favorites?
Here are the three most winnable games on the schedule, and ones they have to win:
Oakland Raiders, Week 7
What is going on in Oakland? Last season was an absolute mess, and it doesn’t look to be getting any better, with NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reporting that head coach Jon Gruden and GM Mike Mayock have sent their scouts home for the draft. Considering they have three first-round picks, there’s a good chance those same scouts might be able to, you know, actually help them out in the draft.
While the Raiders do have three first-rounders to work with, including the fourth overall pick, and traded for Antonio Brown this offseason, this team needs a lot of work to improve on last year’s 4-12 finish.
The Packers should see this as a must-win game because it’s one they should win comfortably.
At New York Giants, Week 13
Are the New York Giants in a rebuild? Trading away Odell Beckham Jr. in his prime would suggest so, but then signing Golden Tate (who is four years older) to a four-year deal? Hmm. They also look set to enter the season with Eli Manning as the starting quarterback, although it’s possible they select a quarterback in this year’s draft.
Offensive Rookie of the Year Saquon Barkley presents a tough challenge for Mike Pettine’s defense, and a receiving duo of Tate and Sterling Shepard is a good one, but losing Beckham won’t make this Giants offense better.
Even on the road, this is a game the Packers should win.
Washington Redskins, Week 14
Washington is another team in the NFC East that could struggle in 2019. FanSided’s Joe Soriano gave the Redskins an F grade for their work in free agency. They lost edge rusher Preston Smith to the Packers, moved on from former Pro Bowler and All-Pro linebacker Zach Brown, and also lost talented receiver Jamison Crowder.
Washington finished 29th in scoring offense last season, and now one of their best defensive players from 2018 will be wearing green and gold.