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Green Bay Packers’ 5 Biggest Games Of 2014

The Green Bay Packers’ 5 Biggest Games Of 2014

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The Green Bay Packers have won three consecutive NFC North division titles and are a favorite to win it again this season. With Aaron Rodgers at the controls, the Packers are always in the Super Bowl discussion. The 2014 schedule looks to be a challenging one for the Packers with key matchups sprinkled throughout. Here are five of the biggest games for the Packers in 2014.

5. Week 13 vs. New England

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5. Week 13 vs. New England

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While this is an out-of-conference matchup for Green Bay, New England is traditionally one of the better teams in the AFC and will test the Packers at home. At this point in the year, the Packers will need every win they can get, and it will be crucial to enter the final stretch run of the season with some momentum.

4. Week 8 at New Orleans

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4. Week 8 at New Orleans

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The Saints went undefeated at home in 2013 and are one of the better teams in the NFC, so this matchup will be a difficult one. This Sunday night game could potentially determine NFC playoff tiebreakers, so this would be a good win for the Packers to have in their pocket. In addition, Green Bay is off the following week, so it is always nice to win the game preceding a bye.

3. Week 1 at Seattle

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3. Week 1 at Seattle

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The Packers open the NFL season on Thursday night in Seattle against the defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks. It is always important to begin the season on a positive note, but playing a team as good as the Seahawks in one of the toughest venues in the NFL will present a unique challenge for Green Bay.

2. Week 17 vs. Detroit

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2. Week 17 vs. Detroit

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The final game of the regular season could prove to be important to the Packers, who needed a win in Chicago last season in Week 17 to lock up the division and a playoff berth. Ideally, the Packers would already have a postseason spot in hand this season at the end, but this may not be the case. The fact that it is a divisional game only increases the significance.

1. Week 10 vs. Chicago

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1. Week 10 vs. Chicago

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It is critical to win as many division games as possible, so this matchup with the Bears on a Sunday night in the middle of the season will be vital for both teams. The Packers play in Chicago earlier in the season, so they could potentially be looking at a sweep at the hands of their bitter rivals when the rematch at Lambeau Field rolls around. Both teams will be coming off a bye week, so there should be no discernable advantage for either side.