Packers vs. Lions: 3 reasons why this game has playoff implications

Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)
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Yes, it’s early in the season, but tonight’s game is one the Packers need to win.

It’s Week 2. Certainly no time to panic, regardless of the result in the Green Bay Packers‘ home opener against the Detroit Lions.

However, while a defeat against Detroit wouldn’t be season-ending for Green Bay, it would put them in a tough spot with a lot of work to do. Yes, it’s early in the year and there’s a lot of football to be played between now and the wild-card round in January, but tonight’s game is perhaps more important than it seems for the Packers.

It will be the Packers’ first game in front of a sold-out Lambeau Field crowd in well over a year. It should make for an incredible atmosphere. Last week’s loss to the New Orleans Saints will have hopefully refocused a Packers team that was tipped by many to be serious Super Bowl contenders. They were given a wake-up call from the Saints.

In primetime, the world will be watching. Can the Packers play to their best and get their first victory of the season on Monday night?

It’s not necessarily a must-win, but this game could have big playoff implications. Here’s why.