As a reminder in advance of the NFL's schedule announcement this evening, we already know the Packers' opponents for the 2014 season.
As always, the Packers play each of their NFC North rivals twice, once at home and once on the road. The three-year rotation against NFC divisions pits the Packers against the NFC South, and the AFC rotation puts the NFC North teams against the AFC East.
|Division||Home Games||Road Games|
|NFC North||Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings||Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings|
|NFC South||Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers||New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|AFC East||New England Patriots, New York Jets||Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins|
|NFC East, West winners||Philadelphia Eagles||Seattle Seahawks|
All told, the Packers have the 13th-toughest schedule in the NFL, based on their opponents' 2013 records. The toughest schedule belongs to the Oakland Raiders (who play in the same division as three 2013 playoff teams), while the easiest is that of the Indianapolis Colts, whose three division opponents all are picking in the first 11 picks of this year's draft.
The last time the Packers played the AFC East was in 2010, when they went on to win Super Bowl XLV. The NFC South was on the schedule in 2011, when the Packers swept all four games against that division on their way to a 15-1 record.