Packers: Three biggest challenges in final six games of season
2. Winning on the road
The second half of the schedule may present some “easier” matchups, but the Packers will be on the road four times in six weeks. It’s much harder to win on the road than it is at home. They have to travel and play in loud environments without their home-field advantage. The two toughest games on the schedule, against the San Francisco 49ers and Minnesota Vikings, are both on the road.
December is the ideal time to have home games. The weather is cold and it can be windy and snowy. Weather the Packers are familiar with. It’s a challenge for visiting teams and an advantage for the Packers. With only two games remaining at Lambeau Field, they don’t get the same home-field benefit.
Green Bay has been strong on the road so far this season, winning three of its four games with the only loss coming against the Los Angeles Chargers. But continuing to win away from Lambeau Field won’t be easy.
As well as the matchups at San Francisco and Minnesota, Green Bay will also visit the New York Giants and Detroit Lions. The game at Ford Field will be a challenge due to the crowd noise indoors. It’s also a division opponent.
For the Packers to keep up in the race for a first-round bye, they’ll need to continue to win on the road.