The 2013 Green Bay Packers may be defined by how well they play away from Lambeau Field.
Aside from the usual road opponents (at Vikings, at Bears and at Lions) the Packers will play at the Bengals, at the defending Super Bowl Champion Ravens, at the Giants and at the Cowboys. The Packers will also play the Lions in Detroit on Thanksgiving.
What does this all mean?
The Packers are going to have to play better on the road than they did a season ago. Last season the Packers dropped winnable road games against the Colts, Vikings and Seahawks, in which they held a late lead in all three games.
The Packers will open up the 2013 season with revenge on their minds when they play the 49ers at Candle Stick Park Sept. 8. The 49ers beat the Packers twice last season, including the 45-31 throbbing in the NFC Divisional Round. In just two meetings last season, the Packers gave up 75 points to the 49ers, a stat that has been on the mind of head coach Mike McCarthy and the rest of the defense.
The Packers will get to meet up with Greg Jennings and his new team, the Minnesota Vikings on Oct. 27 in Minnesota. The game is set to be covered by NBC in primetime, adding to the already bitter rivalry between the Vikings and Packers.
For the third consecutive year the Packers will travel to New York to take on the Giants. Last season the Giants hammered the Packers in front of the nation on NBC's Football Night in America, 38-10. This season the Packers and Giants will meet on Nov. 17, again in primetime football on NBC.
The Packers will also return to Dallas for the first time since their victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV to take on the Cowboys. That game will be held by FOX as its game of the week in week 15 (Dec. 15).
Finally, with potentially the NFC North division on the line, the Packers will travel to Chicago week 17 to close out the regular season. The Packers have won five out of the last six games against the Bears and their week 17 match up could be for a playoff spot.
Overall the Packers face a tough road in 2013, both on the road and at home. The Packers will get a chance to avenge all but two of their 2012-13 losses.
The Packers finished 11-5 a season ago, a record that could be again in their reach.