The Packers’ 2018 schedule goes through the NFC West and AFC East, and that is part of Green Bay’s path in trying to get back to the top of the NFC North.

The good news for the Packers as they examine their 2018 schedule is Aaron Rodgers is back, and Green Bay has won the division five out of 10 seasons since he took over as starting quarterback. Minnesota has won the division the last two seasons, and the Vikings are one of four playoff teams on the Packers’ schedule this season. Atlanta visits Lambeau Field, too, and Green Bay has road matchups against New England and the Los Angeles Rams.

Below is a breakdown of the Packers’ schedule in 2018.

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Packers schedule 2018

Packers regular-season schedule

DateOpponentKickoff timeTV networkSept. 9vs. Chicago Bears8:20 p.m.(NBC)Sept. 16vs. Minnesota Vikings1 p.m.(FOX)Sept. 23at Washington Redskins1 p.m.(FOX)Sept. 30vs. Buffalo Bills1 p.m.(CBS)Oct.

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7at Detroit Lions1 p.m.(FOX)Oct. 15vs. San Francisco 49ers8:15 p.m.(ESPN)Oct. 21BYEOct. 28at Los Angeles Rams4:25 p.m.(FOX)Nov. 4at New England Patriots8:20 p.m.(NBC)Nov. 11vs. Miami Dolphins1:00 p.m.(CBS)Nov. 15at Seattle Seahawks8:20 p.m.(FOX/NFLN)Nov. 25at Minnesota Vikings8:20 p.m.(FOX)Dec. 2vs. Arizona Cardinals1 p.m.(FOX)Dec. 9vs. Atlanta Falcons1 p.m.(FOX)Dec. 16at Chicago Bears1 p.m.(FOX)Dec. 23at New York Jets1 p.m.(FOX)Dec. 30vs. Detroit Lions1 p.m.(FOX)

Packers preseason schedule

Week 1Tennessee8 p.m.Week 2Pittsburgh8 p.m.Week 3at Oakland10:30 p.m.Week 4at Kansas City8:30 p.m.

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Toughest tests: Road games against the Seahawks and Patriots won’t be easy; Green Bay has lost the last three trips to Seattle, starting with the infamous “Fail Mary” game. It’s worth noting that Rodgers has never started a game at Gillette Stadium. The Packers also travel to the West Coast to face a beefed-up Rams team in what could be one of the most entraining games of the season.

Biggest breaks: The Packers avoid a trip to Atlanta, where the Falcons have scorched them three times in the last two seasons. The home schedule is very friendly. Keep in mind Green Bay finished 4-4 at home last season, and that included a 3-0 record with Rodgers.

Bottom line: It all depends on how the Packers re-assert their weight in the NFC North. Minnesota is on top now, and Green Bay has lost three of the last four to its bitter rival. Chicago and Detroit have improved. The Packers finished 2-4 against the NFC North last season. If that flips to 4-2 or better and Rodgers stays healthy, Green Bay should be able to get back to 10 or more wins, which they’ve done in seven of 10 seasons with Rodgers. Record prediction: 10-6