Packers can still have home-field advantage in 2020

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The Packers can still have a home-field advantage even without fans in the stadium.

Even if they can’t have fans in attendance, the Green Bay Packers can still benefit from home-field advantage this season.

The Packers have announced that there will be no fans in attendance for the team’s opening two home contents, games against the Detroit Lions on September 20 and against the Atlanta Falcons on October 5.

In all likelihood, fans won’t be able to attend games at Lambeau Field for longer than that. Potentially all season. That’s anybody’s guess at this point.

But that doesn’t mean the Packers won’t have home-field advantage at Lambeau, particularly when the weather gets cold. Green Bay, like every other team without fans in attendance, won’t have the benefit of the crowd getting loud while the opposing offense is on the field, but visiting teams will still have to deal with the tough conditions and travel prior to games.

Six of the Packers’ home games will be held in November and December. Only two will take place inside the opening two months of the regular season when it will be warmer in Green Bay. The longer into the season we go, the colder the conditions will become, and therefore more challenging for road teams not used to it.

Aaron Rodgers is the master of drawing defensive linemen offside using a hard count. Empty stadiums, both home and away, will make this even easier for him to force defenders into costly mistakes. We could see plenty of free plays for the Packers this season.

It will be strange watching the Packers take the field at Lambeau Field without fans in attendance. But that doesn’t mean the team can’t find success in their home stadium this year, or even that they’ve lost their home-field advantage.

When the weather gets cold, it’s difficult for visiting teams at Lambeau Field. And with six homes in the final two months of the season, the Packers will have an advantage over their opponents.