The Green Bay Packers will open the 2022 season on September 11 on the road against the Minnesota Vikings.

Just an average, season-opening road game against a division rival, right?

Well, not exactly.

The Packers will face a unique challenge in their season opener — they’re going to have to fight off some rust.

That’s because Green Bay will have 16 days between their final preseason game (August 25 against the Kansas City Chiefs) and their season-opener against the Vikings.

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Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones (33) runs down the sideline during the second quarter of their game Monday, September 20, 2021 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. The Green Bay Packers beat the Detroit Lions 35-17.
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I know a lot of folks are fans of excessive rest, but I’m not one of those people.

Teams get rusty when they don’t play (we often see that come playoff time when a team has a long layoff). And teams are rusty enough early in the season. Combine the long layoff with the fact that Green Bay’s starters — especially quarterback Aaron Rodgers — likely won’t play a lot in the preseason and I think you have a recipe for an upset in week one.

Now, that’s not to say that I think the Packers are losing this game. Green Bay is the better team. In fact, I think they’ll be one of the best teams in the NFL in 2022. But this is still a challenge that the Packers will have to overcome. They need to be cognizant of the situation they’re facing in week one. Maybe that means extra work/scrimmages. Or maybe it’s something as simple as getting in the right mindset.

Whatever the case, the Packers will have to work hard to stay sharp for their week one matchup against Minnesota.

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