In the fourth and final part of the 2022 NFL schedule look-through for the Green Bay Packers, their final five games pose a test for their attempts to win the NFC North yet again. As long as key players remain healthy and are able to compete at normal levels, then this team should be in prime position to be in contention for the NFC crown by the time Week 18 rolls around.
@ Chicago Bears
With their first matchup having been on Week 2’s Sunday Night Football, the Packers travel south to face the Chicago Bears for their Week 13 matchup.
After having been on the road against the Eagles the previous week, Green Bay gets to have one of its three remaining divisional matchups, against a team that may have some of the most question marks in the league.
Matt Eberflus hopefully will have earned the respect of his players at this point, and while the Bears likely will be out of the playoff picture, they will be a formidable foe nonetheless for Green Bay, as they hunker down for their postseason push.
vs. Los Angeles Rams
A much-needed Week 14 bye could not come at a better time, as the Packers welcome the Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams to Lambeau Field for a high-stakes Monday Night Football matchup. With Matthew Stafford still having issues playing on the Frozen Tundra, this mid-December contest will have a lot of eyes on it.
Sean McVay will need to pull out all of the stops on offense, especially since Joe Barry was a member of LAR’s defensive staff under McVay. Allen Robinson was paired up with Cooper Kupp this offseason, and that 1-2 tandem will give Green Bay’s defensive secondary all it can handle on what hopefully will be a blustery, chilly December night that the Rams are not used to.
@ Miami Dolphins
Currently scheduled as the noon game on Christmas, the Packers get to travel somewhere warm for the holiday and face the Miami Dolphins.
Having traded for Tyreek Hill and stuck a whole Brinks truck worth of money into him this offseason, the Dolphins are going to see how well Mike McDaniels is able to utilize him and Jaylen Waddle in the passing game.
Tua Tagovailoa certainly has had a target on his back ever since entering the league, and with this kind of targets to throw to, the excuses have dissipated for the former Crimson Tide signal caller to use. The Dolphins have a solid team that is flying perfectly under the radar currently, but they should be able to fight for a spot in the AFC postseason this year, making the AFC East a formidable division once again.
vs. Minnesota Vikings
Green Bay’s second-to-last game of the regular season is a home game against the Minnesota Vikings, a team that figures to be fighting for a Wild Card spot this season. With new HC Kevin O’Connell needing to keep the troops aligned during the cold weather game, the Vikings are going to be quite the last-season test for the Packers.
Any sort of pre-playoff test that can help Green Bay get prepared for the postseason is much needed, and the Vikings certainly do fill that part perfectly. This New Year’s Day matchup has the makings of a potential barnburner in the wintry weather, a perfect storm for fans of both sides.
vs. Detroit Lions
The final game of the 2022 regular season has the Detroit Lions coming to town to finish off the year. Having traveled to Detroit for the Week 9 affair, the Packers get to now welcome one of their divisional foes into their unfriendly confines.
Detroit looks to be on the right side looking up with their rebuild trajectory, as they have constantly been adding key pieces in the right places. While QB is still a big question mark, the offense has enough talent to lessen the shortcomings of Jared Goff or whoever is leading that unit.
In a perfect world, the Packers have already sewn up a spot in the postseason and have nothing to fight for, so they can roll out their second string to get the team through the game. And who knows – maybe Jordan Love becomes the 2022-23 version of final-game Matt Flynn.뿓뿓뿓
Mike Johrendt has been an avid fan of the Packers ever since he can remember. He is now a writer at PackersTalk and you can follow him on Twitter at @MJohrendt23