It came as no surprise yesterday that the NFL team owners formally approved the addition of a 17th regular-season game for all teams starting in the upcoming 2021 campaign.
For the Green Bay Packers, that means a trip to Kansas City to face the powerhouse Chiefs in a game that could mean nothing—or everything. Last January, head coach Andy Reid rested the majority of his starters with the AFC’s #1 seed locked up.
Green Bay had a tougher route to earning the number one seed in the NFC, traveling to Chicago to face the arch-rival and upset-minded Bears at Soldier Field.
It will be interesting to see how the 2021 season unfolds and how important that 17th game plays out: paramount or meaningless. A potential Aaron Rodgers-Patrick Mahomes epic match-up with enhanced playoff positions at stake would have the league and NFL fans drooling.
Under the new league format, the 17th game features NFC team playing AFC teams on their home turf based on finish in their division the previous season. Next year, Green Bay will host an extra game at Lambeau Field.
While the official NFL schedule won’t be announced until late May, here’s a list of Packers 2021 opponents:
Home: Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, Cleveland Browns, Los Angeles Rams, Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks, Washington Football Team.
Away: Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Kansas City Chiefs, New Orleans Saints, San Francisco 49ers.