5 spookiest games remaining on the Packers' schedule
Halloween is here and Green Bay's season has already had its share of tricks and treats. In the spirit of the holiday, FOX Sports Wisconsin takes a look at the five spookiest games left on the Packers' schedule.
Nov. 26: Packers at Steelers (6-2)
Winners of three straight games, Pittsburgh looks like a different team after Ben Roethlisberger threw five interceptions against Jacksonville. One reason is rookie wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, who is catching fire. Add him with Antonio Brown against a Green Bay defense which is allowing 7.3 yards per pass attempt (tied for 10th-worst in the NFL) and this is a scary matchup indeed.
USA TODAY SportsJason Bridge
Dec. 23: Packers vs. Vikings (6-2)
If Aaron Rodgers is still sidelined, Green Bay will hope Brett Hundley can do a good impression of the sidelined quarterback. Despite quarterback issues of its own -- I mean, any one of three quarterbacks potentially could be starting for the Vikings -- Minnesota has won four straight games. The Vikings' defense is what might haunt the Packers the most, though. Minnesota leads the NFC in opposition points allowed (16.9 ppg), is third in the NFL in rushing average (3.5 yards/carry) and ninth in opposing passer rating (81.2). Boo!
USA TODAY SportsBrace Hemmelgarn
Dec. 17: Packers at Panthers (4-3)
Another team tough to figure out as quarterback Cam Newton has been up and down. However, the Panthers should have talented pass-catching tight end Greg Olsen back for this matchup, just presenting Green Bay's defense with yet another tough matchup which already includes big wide receivers Kelvin Benjamin and Devin Funchess as well as running back Christian McCaffrey, who leads the team in receptions. Carolina also has a stout defense, allowing an average of 17.8 points per game with former Packers defensive end Julius Peppers (team-leading 7.5 sacks) finding the fountain of youth.
USA TODAY SportsBob Donnan
Dec. 31: Packers at Lions (3-4)
A season-ending against Detroit -- a divisional game and on the road -- conjures up scary images since Green Bay could be fighting for a playoff spot. However, Matthew Stafford has thrown 19 interceptions (compared to just 25 touchdowns) in 13 career games against Green Bay. Not to mention the Packers have been known to have a few tricks in the past against the Lions which have led to treats for Green Bay.
Dec. 10: Packers at Browns (0-8)
What? The Browns? Spooky? Yep. That defense is for real, especially when Myles Garrett, the top pick in the 2017 draft, is healthy. The key word here, though, is healthy. Garrett missed the first four games of the year with an ankle sprain as well as Week 8. But in the three games he has played, Garrett has four sacks. Also, there’s something about catching a team still looking for its first win late in the season (presuming Cleveland is still winless, of course). No one wants to be a repeat of the 2008 Detroit Lions (shoutout to Jon Kitna). Cleveland doesn’t have a quarterback to spook Green Bay, but the cliché "trap game" comes into play here.