Ranking Packers’ seven possible divisional round opponents

Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
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2. Dallas Cowboys

Wouldn’t it just be the nightmare of Packers fans everywhere to watch Mike McCarthy celebrating a playoff win at Lambeau Field? Sure, we wish him well. He brought a Lombardi Trophy to Green Bay and achieved a ton of success with this team, after all. But he can’t eliminate the Packers in the playoffs. Especially not with this potentially being the ‘Last Dance’.

Besides that storyline, the Cowboys are strong on both sides of the ball.

Their offense ranks second in yards and first in points. Their defense does only rank 19th in yards allowed, but they are seventh in points allowed. They also have a league-best 33 takeaways on the year.

Yes, this game would be at Lambeau Field, but Dallas is an impressive 6-2 on the road this year.

1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Packers fans still aren’t over last season’s NFC title game, which was the last time a visiting team won at Lambeau Field. The Buccaneers aren’t without their own challenges this season, but they know how to win when the games count the most.

It’s worth noting that a rematch in the divisional round is highly unlikely. The Buccaneers are almost certain to secure a top-three seed which would mean any potential rematch would have to wait for, yes, the NFC Championship Game.

Tampa Bay’s offense leads the NFL in yards and is second in points. Its defense is 14th, worse than a year ago, but the Buccaneers are still strong on this side of the ball, allowing just 21 points per game while also ranking third against the run. Their struggling pass defense has been a rare weakness for this Bucs team.

But it’s Tom Brady, it’s the playoffs, and there are bad memories from a year ago. It would just be best to avoid this potential rematch.