GREEN BAY, Wis. -- There's only seven games left in the Packers' season, and yet, somehow, they've only played one divisional opponent.
That one game was nearly two months ago, when Green Bay hosted Chicago and gave the Bears their only loss of the season through nine weeks. Since then, the Packers have matched up against a random assortment of AFC and NFC teams, with varying degrees of success.
But once Green Bay returns from its bye week, the team will start to catch up from all that time spent outside the division. Five of the Packers' remaining seven games are against the NFC North, beginning with a road trip to face the Detroit Lions. Three weeks after that, the Lions will travel to Lambeau Field for a rematch.
That's how the end of the season is going to be for coach Mike McCarthy and his players.
"We've never played this many division games in this period of time," McCarthy said Monday. "It's a first."
The last time Green Bay lost a divisional game was in Detroit on Dec. 12, ...