The Green Bay Packers are coming off another deflating postseason exit after posting a stellar regular-season record in 2021. Aaron Rodgers is back but Davante Adams has moved on to Las Vegas, traded to the Raiders in the offseason.
Green Bay will be looking to get right back to the dance and this time around rid itself of recent postseason woes. Bally Sports Wisconsin breaks down the 2022 matchups and explains what you need to know about each contest.
Week 1: Sunday, Sep. 11, 3:25 p.m. at Minnesota Vikings
What a way to kick off the regular season. A new regime is in town for the Vikings with Kevin O’Connell taking over as head coach and Kwesi Adofo-Mensah the new general manager. Minnesota had many decisions to make this offseason and what resulted was a lot of familiarity coming back for the 2022 campaign. Kirk Cousins is back at quarterback as is defensive end Danielle Hunter, who was not traded as some expected. Instead, Minnesota added to the edge by scooping up ex-Packer Za’Darius Smith. Green Bay remains the betting favorite to take home the division crown (-175 on DraftKings) but if anyone is to threaten the throne this year, it will be the Vikings. Minnesota isn’t wasting any time with the new regime and are poised to compete right now. Expect two 12-round, heavyweight fights between these two NFC North foes this season.
Week 2: Sunday, Sep. 18, 7:20 p.m. vs. Chicago Bears
With Rodgers back under center for the Packers in 2022, expect the owner of the Bears to show out against the club that can’t seem to ever solve the riddle against him. Rodgers is 22-5 against Chicago in his career and that includes a streak of six straight wins. The back-to-back Most Valuable Player went viral last season when he was caught on a field mic yelling at Bears fans that he in fact owned them. Chicago really didn’t do much to help Justin Fields in the offseason in terms of adding weapons to the offense, but it was a roster with plenty of needs. On paper, it should be another year in which Rodgers continues his dominance against the “rivals” in Chicago.
Week 3: Sunday, Sep. 25, 3:25 p.m. at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
One game that seemed ticketed to be in primetime instead falls in the late afternoon slot when Green Bay travels to Tampa Bay to take on the Buccaneers. These two teams haven’t played since the Buccaneers took out Green Bay in the NFC Championship at Lambeau Field two years ago. Tom Brady is back after initially retiring. Head coach Bruce Arians has slid over into a front office role as Todd Bowles has taken over the reins as the head coach. The roster looks similar to the one that beat Green Bay in January 2021 and Tampa Bay should be right back in the hunt for another conference crown. Could this be the last time we see Rodgers face off against Brady in their storied careers?
Week 4: Sunday, Oct. 2, 3:25 p.m. vs. New England Patriots
Mark this down as New England’s first trip to Lambeau Field since 2014. It will feature a battle of the young buck in Mac Jones against the seasoned veteran in Rodgers. The Patriots have added more help around Jones this offseason with the acquisition of DeVante Parker and the drafting of ex-Baylor wide receiver Tyquan Thornton in the second round. Add in two running backs that were drafted late and there’s plenty of fresh faces on the Patriots’ offense. The chess match between Bill Belichick and Matt LaFleur will be wildly fascinating to watch in this one.
Week 5: Sunday, Oct. 9, 8:30 am vs. New York Giants (London)
A trip across the pond for the Packers comes in Week 5 as they’ll take on the Giants at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Making the trip costs the Packers a true home game which would’ve given them nine on the season, but Packers fans travel and there are plenty worldwide fans who support the green and gold that will make the trip. This may be the last year for Daniel Jones to prove he can be the answer under center for the Giants for the long run. His fifth-year option being declined by the franchise is just a glimpse into what the front office may be trending towards if he doesn’t perform well in 2022. Set the alarms the night before for this one!
Week 6: Sunday, Oct. 16, 12 p.m. vs. New York Jets
Speaking of young quarterbacks, the theme will continue with Zach Wilson and the Jets coming to town. Along with the Bears and Patriots, three quarterbacks drafted in the first round of the 2021 NFL draft will be under center for games in Green Bay this year. The Jets had a fascinating 2022 draft that featured two early picks which they used on Cincinnati cornerback Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner and Ohio State wide receiver Garrett Wilson. Like the Patriots who added pieces around Jones but unlike the Bears who didn’t with Fields, the Jets used a pick in each of the first three rounds of the draft to add skill players on offense. New York is still a bit away from being taken seriously as a contender in the AFC, but the groundwork is starting to be laid. The real validation will come with wins and playing against Rodgers in Green Bay brings about a big opportunity for the Jets to open some eyes. We don’t expect that to happen, though. No rest for Green Bay coming back from London – the Packers preferring their bye week to come later – but this might be the right opponent after hopping back across the pond.
Week 7: Sunday, Oct. 23, 12 p.m. at Washington Commanders
After winning the division in 2020, Washington took a step back in 2021 although injuries played a big part. The Commanders will look to get back to the top of the NFC East with Carson Wentz under center. Washington acquired Wentz in a trade with the Indianapolis Colts and the array of talent at wide receiver he’ll have to work with in D.C. is more than enough with Terry McLaurin, Curtis Samuel and rookie Jahan Dotson. This is a sneaky game on the schedule as it starts the first of three on the road and with a tempting look-ahead game the following week in primetime against the Buffalo Bills. Don’t ever count out a Ron Rivera team.
Week 8: Sunday, Oct. 30, 7:20 p.m. at Buffalo Bills
Is there a better match than Wisconsin fans and Bills fans meeting up on a Sunday night in Buffalo to tailgate for a few hours and watch a football game? That scene alone for this one warrants a flight out East. With the Brady-Rodgers matchup not getting the primetime nod, the Rodgers-Josh Allen duo absolutely warranted the Sunday night slot. On one end is the back-to-back NFL Most Valuable Player in Rodgers who has had the Packers on the doorstep of a Super Bowl appearance in three straight years. On the other side of the coin is Allen, who is already an MVP caliber quarterback and has the Bills in prime position to consistently be a threat in the AFC for the years to come. Both offenses can go off for 30 or more points in any given week, but both also feature defenses with lots of veteran and young talent. Perhaps this could be a preview of a rematch to be played in February?
Week 9: Sunday, Nov. 6, 12 p.m. at Detroit Lions
Detroit marks the final stop in a long road trip for the Packers and it’ll be interesting to see how Green Bay responds after a spotlight game against the Bills with the Dallas Cowboys looming the following week. Give credit where it’s due, the Lions are putting their foot on the gas in ramping up the rebuild. This offseason they added to the offense by signing D.J. Chark in free agency and then traded up from No. 32 to No. 12 in the draft to select Jameson Williams. Add the cherry on top in the Aidan Hutchinson selection at No. 2 overall and there’s reason for optimism in Detroit. The Lions beat Green Bay in a Week 17 contest last year that meant little to the Packers as they already had the top seed in the NFC secured. Still, it was a notch on the belt for Dan Campbell in his first year running the show in Detroit. The Lions have always been a pesky matchup for the Packers dating back to the days of Matthew Stafford being under center and Green Bay knows it won’t be able to take Detroit lightly.
Week 10: Sunday, Nov. 13, 3:25 p.m. vs. Dallas Cowboys
Dating back to 2009, Green Bay is 8-1 against Dallas and that includes two postseason wins. It’s been three years since the two sides have butted heads. It was a relatively quiet offseason for the Cowboys and their biggest move came in a trade in which they sent Amari Cooper packing to Cleveland. Outside of the Cooper trade, Dallas will run it back with a very similar crew from a 2021 season in which they clinched the NFC East but lost on wild-card weekend to the San Francisco 49ers. It’s a battle of two of the most storied franchises in NFL history and one that Rodgers has feasted against throughout his career. Welcome back to Green Bay, Mike McCarthy!
Week 11: Thursday, Nov. 17, 7:15 p.m. vs. Tennessee Titans
What an offseason it’s been for the Titans. A.J. Brown was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles and Julio Jones was sent packing to free agency and then Tennessee used a third-round pick on Liberty quarterback Malik Willis. A ton would have to go wrong for Ryan Tannehill to not hold down the QB1 gig for all of the 2022 season, but the selection of Willis shows a willingness by the Titans front office to envision life without Tannehill sooner rather than later. Tennessee should be right in the race for the AFC South crown alongside the Indianapolis Colts and they have been a sneaky team in recent seasons under Mike Vrabel. The Titans will be looking to do much better than they did in their last trip to Lambeau Field in 2020 when the Packers throttled them 40-14 in a snowglobe-type game in December.
Week 12: Sunday, Nov. 27, 7:20 p.m. at Philadelphia Eagles
Getting a mini-bye having played the previous Thursday, Green Bay will make a trip to Philadelphia for another primetime matchup. Like the Packers, the Eagles drafted two players from the vaunted 2021 Georgia Bulldogs defense when they selected defensive tackle Jordan Davis and linebacker Nakobe Dean. Jalen Hurts has a new target to throw to after Philadelphia traded for Brown and the duo of he and DeVonta Smith give the Eagles a really nice one-two punch at wide receiver. These two teams last played in 2020 and interestingly enough it was in that game at Lambeau Field that Carson Wentz was benched for Hurts and the new era hit the ground running.
Week 13: Sunday, Dec. 4, 12 p.m. at Chicago Bears
Sandwiched between two nationally televised games is the second matchup against the Bears. Chicago’s defense will look awfully different in 2022 with no Khalil Mack (traded to the Chargers) and likely no Akiem Hicks (still a free agent). Those two made up the core of the defensive front in Chicago for quite some time and fresh faces are set to be ushered in. The Bears and Vikings both shuffled in new general managers and head coaches this year, but their situations are far different. Minnesota could very well be a playoff contender in 2022. For Chicago, it’s going to be a process and not a quick fix. If Rodgers has it his way, he will improve to 12-3 in his career at Soldier Field and maybe remind the crowd, yet again, who owns them.
Week 15: Monday, Dec. 19, 7:15 p.m. vs. Los Angeles Rams
This will be the third straight season the Rams and Packers will play at Lambeau Field with Green Bay taking the first two battles, one of which was a playoff matchup two years ago. Los Angeles wrapped up a Super Bowl winning year in which it invested heavily to get to the mountain top and did just that. Like the Rams have done in recent seasons, the wheeling and dealing of roster moves didn’t stop despite a lack of draft capital. Gone are Von Miller and Robert Woods but in are Allen Robinson and Bobby Wagner. It’s incredible to think that at three different levels of the defense the Rams now have: Aaron Donald, Wagner and Jalen Ramsey. Los Angeles isn’t going anywhere and while a Super Bowl hangover could be in store to some degree, there’s too much talent on this roster to not make another push. Bundle – and buckle -- up for this one.
Week 16: Sunday, Dec. 25, 12 p.m. at Miami Dolphins
Christmas in South Beach! Among all the primetime games on the schedule for the Packers, why not throw in a Christmas Day affair in Miami against the Dolphins? Miami made waves this offseason acquiring Tyreek Hill in a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs. Hill along with Jaylen Waddle may just be the fastest wide receiver duo in the entire NFL. New head coach Mike McDaniel, who comes from the Kyle Shanahan coaching tree, takes over. It’ll be a massive “prove it” year for quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and Miami is providing him with more than enough talent on the offensive side of the ball to produce solid numbers.
Week 17: Sunday, Jan. 1, 3:25 p.m. vs. Minnesota Vikings
What a great way to ring in the new year! This game could end up having serious NFC North implications along with playoff seeding implications for both teams. With a cold game surely in store for this matchup, expect plenty of Dalvin Cook on one side and Aaron Jones/A.J. Dillon on the other. Kirk Cousins and Rodgers are no stranger to throwing in cold games and can do so effectively but for Green Bay, this is exactly why they have the two-headed monster at running back. Lambeau Field will be bumping for this one.
Week 18: Jan. 7 or 8, time TBD vs. Detroit Lions
If the Packers have it their way, this will be the second straight year they play the Lions in the regular-season finale with the top seed in the NFC already wrapped up. Detroit should have a better record in 2022 than it did in 2021 if things go according to plan but the playoffs still feel a bit of a stretch away. Don’t sell this offense short, though, as the Lions have plenty of talent on that side of the ball with Chark, Williams, Amon-Ra St. Brown, T.J. Hockenson and D’Andre Swift.