Green Bay celebrated 100 seasons of football last year, and the NFL follows suit this year with 100 seasons of its own. Super Bowl LIV (54 for you non-roman numeral fans) will take place in Miami on Feb. 2.
Because we’re celebrating a historic season in the NFL, it feels only appropriate to discuss the pair of Packers Super Bowl opponents being played in consecutive weeks. While Green Bay already faced off against the Broncos (Super Bowl XXXII) earlier in the season, they now enter a two-week stretch against the Oakland Raiders (Super Bowl II) and the Kansas City Chiefs (Super Bowl I).
What’s more, first-time head coach Matt LaFleur is the only head coach in Packers franchise history to win five of his first six NFL games.
Any real Packers fan is obviously aware of the greatest head coach in NFL history (yeah, I’ll say it). Vince Lombardi, the one the NFL named the Super Bowl trophy after. And I’m not making any type of comparisons or projections to say LaFleur will follow immediately in Lombardi’s footsteps and win consecutive Super Bowls, but there’s no denying his career in Green Bay is off to a strong start. Literally, the strongest in Green Bay’s history.
So let’s talk about the significance of the Packers-Raiders series and how it stacks up across the rest of the NFL.
The Packers beat the Raiders in Super Bowl II (hosted in Miami, coincidentally) 33-14. The regular-season series between the two franchises started years later in 1972 with the Raiders beating the Packers during the first five games between the teams. Oddly enough, the Packers tallied their first victory over the Raiders in 1990, and they haven’t lost since. That’s a streak of seven consecutive victories over the Raiders.
What does that mean? Well, nothing, unless you enjoy random stats. But with the Packers sitting at 7-0 against the Raiders since 1990, that streak is tied for Green Bay’s longest active win streak against an opponent (also shared with the Chargers, who Green Bay faces in Week 9).
The Packers play their final of five home games in the first seven weeks when they face off Sunday against the Raiders. After that, it’s off to Kansas City for Sunday Night Football in Week 8 before heading to Los Angeles to face off against the Chargers. That’s a stretch of three AFC West opponents in three weeks. The Packers already beat the fourth AFC West team earlier this year when the Broncos traveled to Lambeau Field for Week 3.
Because who doesn’t love even more fun stats, the Packers have a 14-3 record against AFC West teams since 2002. That ranks number one in the NFL over that span.
Does any of this matter heading into Sunday’s matchup against the Raiders? Well, still no. But given the history of the NFL and the lopsided rivalry these two teams share, it’s fun to look back on Super Bowl II and all that’s happened between the two franchises since.
And like I mentioned earlier, Super Bowl II was held in Miami. The Packers are looking for a return trip 52 years in the making by punching their ticket to Super Bowl LIV, also held in Miami, this coming February.
With a LaFleurishing head coach (see what I did there?) and a history of recent success against the Raiders, here’s hoping Sunday gets the Packers one step closer to a trip to Miami.
Note: Most of these stats were obtained from the weekly dope sheet. Here’s a link to the full dope sheet if you’d like to check out more notable connections yourself.
Maggie Loney is a writer for Cheesehead TV and a podcaster for the Pack-A-Day Podcast. Find her on Twitter at @MaggieJLoney.