The Green Bay Packers play the Minnesota Vikings this Sunday, which is October 29th. But in a bizarre scheduling quirk, the stadium has sat idle for more than a month — the team’s last home game was 31 days earlier on September 28th.
That game was the Thursday Night Football contest against the Detroit Lions, in which the stadium was taken over by an unpleasant shade of blue. Since then, the Packers have played two games on the road on either side of their bye week.
Surely a little home cooking would be a welcome sight for this team. The Packers are 1-1 at home so far this season, as they won their home opener against the New Orleans Saints in week 3 with a furious 4th-quarter comeback. After consecutive disappointing losses in different time zones out West, playing in front of the home fans might be just what the doctor ordered.
Or not. We’ll find out on Sunday.
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