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22 Days Until Training Camp: Home Sweet Home

The Green Bay Packers have run circles around the rest of the league at historic Lambeau Field.
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GREEN BAY, Wis. – There’s no place like home for the Green Bay Packers.

In the regular season, anyway.

Under coach Matt LaFleur, the Packers have dominated at Lambeau Field. Of course, they’ve dominated just about everywhere with their first-in-history three consecutive seasons of 13-plus wins, but the Packers have been especially powerful at their historic home.

Over the last three seasons, the Packers are 22-2 at Lambeau Field. That’s the best mark in the NFL by a wide, wide margin. The Pittsburgh Steelers are a distant second at 18-6-1, followed by the Kansas City Chiefs at 18-7, Baltimore Ravens and Buffalo Bills at 17-8, and Los Angeles Rams at 16-8.

Green Bay has outscored its opponents by 257 points, 82 points distant of the New England Patriots and 168 points better than the Chiefs.

The 22 home wins are the most by a coach in his first three seasons in NFL history, and the three consecutive seasons of at least seven home wins is a first for the Packers since 2010 through 2012.

Turnovers have been a big factor. The Packers are plus-26, a resounding 10 better than the Steelers and not all that far behind the combined plus-31 of the Steelers and Titans.

Aaron Rodgers has been the other overriding factor. At home the past three seasons, he owns a league-best 112.3 passer rating. He’s thrown 57 touchdowns vs. five interceptions. From the land of the absurd: Of the 37 quarterbacks to throw at least 300 passes in home games, Rodgers has thrown the most touchdown passes and the fewest interceptions.

Of course, all of this rings hollow without playoff success. The Packers haven’t won the Super Bowl since 2010. In regular-season play from 2011 through 2021, the Packers are a league-best 69-17-2. Rodgers’ 110.5 passer rating trails only Drew Brees, and Rodgers’ 7.60 touchdown-to-interception ratio is far better than Russell Wilson’s runner-up mark of 4.46.

It’s a different story in the postseason, where the days of Lambeau Field being a frozen fortress are long, long in the past. Over that same span, the Packers are 5-4 in home playoff games. That’s tied for the most losses, and their .556 winning percentage ranks only 15th.

In 2011, Rodgers won his first MVP and the Packers were the No. 1 seed, but the were crushed by the Giants. Rodgers’ passer rating was 78.5. In 2020, Rodgers won his third MVP and the Packers were the No. 1 seed but they were ousted in the divisional round by the Buccaneers. Rodgers’ passer rating was an excellent 101.6 but he failed to take full advantage of three interceptions by Tom Brady and couldn’t get the ball in the end zone in the waning moments. In 2021, Rodgers won his fourth MVP and the Packers again were the No. 1 seeds but they were shocked by the 49ers. Rodgers’ passer rating was 91.9 as the offense went into a coma after a hot start in what might be the most damning playoff loss in franchise history.

Regular-season success is great – it’s what gets a team into the playoffs – but, with the clock running out on Rodgers, it’s long past time to find the winning postseason formula.

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