3. Chicago Bears, Week 15
The Packers showed they were an improved football team when they went into Soldier Field and defeated the defending NFC North champions in the season opener. A 14-week gap is between the two games, and the meeting at Lambeau Field will have a different feel to it. The Chicago Bears will almost certainly be out of the playoff race by then unless they are able to build a winning run, and the Packers will be aiming to close out either a division title or a wild-card berth late in the season.
No matter how badly the Bears have looked at times this season or what their record is, this won’t be an easy game. The script was flipped at the same time last year. Green Bay was out of contention and Chicago played at home aiming to win the division. The Bears won the game, but the Packers made it close, only losing by a touchdown.
Not only is this a divisional game late in the season, but it’s also one of the Packers’ two remaining home games. Winning on the road is difficult, so it’s so important Green Bay gets the job done in its two home games in the final six weeks.