The Packers defeat was bad, but not the worst season-opening loss ever
Okay, it’s only one game.
That needs to be the lament of Packer Nation today after the 36-16 defeat at the hand of the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks. A 20-point loss is not common for the Packers: It was only their second 20-point loss in the regular season since 2010… they lost 40-10 to the Detroit Lions on November 25; and it was only the franchise’s 11th 20-point (or more) defeat of their 85 losses since 2000.
The 20-point season-opener loss was the sixth time in the Super Bowl era (since 1966) that the Packers lost their first game of the year by 20 points or more. The last time was in 2006 when they lost their season opener to the Bears, 26-0.
Following are the worst season opener game losses for the Packers since 1966.
40 points: Lost 40-0 to the Detroit Lions in 1970
28 points: Lost 31-3 to the Houston Oilers in 1986
27 points: Lost 34-7 to the Los Angeles Rams in 1988
26 points: Lost 26-0 to the Chicago Bears in 2006
20 points: Lost 20-0 to the Los Angeles Raiders in 1987
20 points: Lost 36-16 to the Seattle Seahawks in 2014
In the five previous seasons where they lost their season opener by 20 or more points, the Packers did not make the playoffs in any of those seasons. In fact, the best year of those five seasons was in 2006 when they ended the year 8-8.
* This was the third consecutive season opener the Packers have lost.
* Since 1966 the Packers are now 28-21 in season openers.
* The Pack is now 8-5 in season openers on the road.
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