The Green Bay Packers have their hands full Sunday afternoon when the San Francisco 49ers host a highly talked about regular season opener. Each team has playoff and Super Bowl aspirations.
The good news for Green Bay is that under Head Coach Mike McCarthy the team gets off to a fast start in the regular season. The Packers have won five of their last six season openers, which is tied for second best in the NFL with Baltimore (who lost last night and snapped their
streak) over that span behind only New England (6-0 since 2007).
Green Bay has 52 wins on Kickoff Weekend, second most in NFL history behind only the Chicago Bears (53 victories in Week 1). This will mark just the second time in McCarthy’s eight seasons (2006- 13) that the Packers have opened their season away from Lambeau Field. The only other instance over that span was in 2010 at Philadelphia.
Opening on the road has been a rare occurrence dating back even further. Since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger, the Packers have opened their season at home 32 times while opening on the road just 12 times. Since 1986, 23 of Green Bay’s season openers have been at home, making Sunday’s game just the fifth time in the past 28 years that the Packers have gone on the road to start their season.