The Green Bay Packers will be aiming to get their first victory at U.S. Bank Stadium in 2019.
In 2016, the Green Bay Packers visited U.S. Bank Stadium to take part in the first regular season game at the Minnesota Vikings’ new home. It didn’t go to plan for the visitors, with Minnesota winning by three points, an important victory as the defending NFC North champions.
Jordy Nelson may have scored the first touchdown inside the stadium, but the Vikings got the victory.
And in their past two visits, it hasn’t got much better for the Packers.
Green Bay returned to U.S. Bank Stadium in 2017 with a 4-1 record. The Packers had won three straight, including a last-second victory against the Dallas Cowboys the week prior. The offense looked to have got back on track, and the Packers were set for a great season after falling just short of the Super Bowl in 2016.
But in the first quarter at Minnesota, Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone and Green Bay’s season was effectively over. Rodgers would miss seven games, and by the time he returned, the Packers had to win out just to have a chance of reaching the playoffs.
Rodgers was back for the team’s third trip to U.S. Bank Stadium last season, but the result was the same — another Vikings win. This time by a score of 24-17.
Green Bay hosts Minnesota at Lambeau Field in Week 2 this season, but won’t return to U.S. Bank Stadium until Week 16. The game is the second of three straight divisional games to end the year, and if the NFC North is close, it could be a must-win game.
By Week 16, the Packers will have played all of their home games and will face two on the road to close out the season, first against the Vikings and then against the Detroit Lions in Week 17.
The NFC North race could go down to the wire. If that’s the case, the Packers’ hopes of returning to the playoffs might come down to a trip to U.S. Bank Stadium.
And there would be no better time to win there for the first time.