5. at Dallas Cowboys (Week 5)
The Packers’ recent record against the Dallas Cowboys is good, and their success at AT&T Stadium is even better, but history won’t matter when they return to the home of Super Bowl XLV in Week 5. With the Packers playing five home games inside the opening seven weeks, this will be a tough road test for Matt LaFleur’s team up against the defending NFC East champions.
And not only will the Packers defense need an answer for All-Pro running back Ezekiel Elliott and three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Amari Cooper, and the offense will attempt to slow down Pro Bowl edge rusher DeMarcus Lawrence, but they’ll also need to find a way to defeat another playoff contender in the NFC.
If the Cowboys go on to retain their division title, they won’t get a playoff berth ahead of the Packers. But Dallas could have to settle for a wild-card berth, and that’s what could make this game so important. Both teams play in competitive divisions and finishing in first place won’t be easy.
If both Green Bay and Dallas ends the season aiming to secure a wild-card berth, this game could determine which team makes the playoffs based on the head-to-head tiebreaker.