One reason why is their dominance against the NFC North, in general, and at home against division rivals, in particular.
The Packers enter this season with nine consecutive regular-season home victories against their division rivals. Since the NFL went to a divisional format in 1967, the streak is the third-longest in franchise history, behind an 18-game run from 1994 through 1998 and a 10-game stretch from 2000 through 2002, according to the team's annual year-in-review release.
Talk about dominance: The Packers outscored the Vikings by a 2.1-to-1 margin and have averaged 32 points per game during their three matchups at Lambeau Field. The Packers outscored the Bears by a 2-to-1 margin while allowing a total of 34 points. Only the Lions have kept things interesting, losing by seven in 2012, four in 2011 and two in 2010.
Other than a loss to the Brett Favre-led Vikings in 2009, Green Bay is undefeated at home against the NFC North since Aaron Rodgers took over at quarterback in 2008. Rodgers is 13-1 in those games, with Matt Flynn responsible for the season-ending shootout against Detroit in 2011.
"There's no better place to play than at Lambeau Field," coach Mike McCarthy said before last year's playoff win against Minnesota. "I love everything about it. We definitely feel it's an advantage to have our crowd behind us. There's nothing like it. I know I definitely prefer to play at home, I think it's definitely to our advantage."
The homefield advantage extends far beyond the NFC North. The Packers went 7-1 at home in 2012, 8-0 in 2011, 7-1 in 2010 and 6-2 in 2009. Since the aforementioned loss to Minnesota in 2009, Green Bay is 26-2 at home. That .929 winning percentage is tops in the league, ahead of New England (24-3; .889) and Baltimore (24-4; .857).
Over the last three seasons, Green Bay is 22-2 at home. That's also the best mark in the league, ahead of Baltimore and New England (21 wins), Atlanta (20) and San Francisco (18).
Over the last four seasons, the Packers' 31.8 points per game rank second in the league (New England, 32.7), and their turnover margin of plus-45 is far ahead of second-place San Francisco (plus-39). Green Bay has produced at least two takeaways in 23 of those 32 games, fashioning a 22-1 mark in those contests, according to the team.
Finally, since Ron Wolf and Mike Holmgren led the Packers' rebirth in 1992, Green Bay is 129-39 at home, good for a .768 winning percentage. Pittsburgh is a distant second at 121-46-1; .723.
Of course, it's been tougher sledding in the playoffs. Green Bay, which won its first 13 home playoff contests, is 2-2 under coach Mike McCarthy, including losses to the Giants in 2007 and 2011.
PACKERS VS. THE NORTH AT LAMBEAU
Chicago: 23-10 (2012), 35-21 (2011), 10-3 (2010). Cumulative: 68-34.
Minnesota: 23-14 (2012), 45-7 (2011), 28-24 (2010). Cumulative: 96-45.
Detroit: 27-20 (2012), 45-41 (2011), 28-26 (2010). Cumulative: 100-87.
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