Offseason Opponent Breakdown: The Green Bay Packers

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The 2018 NFL Season is still a few months from its official kickoff date, but the opponents for all 32 clubs have already been set.

Aside from their divisional opponents, the Rams will face teams from the NFC North and AFC West. Plus, Los Angeles will take on the reigning division champions from the NFC East and NFC South.

In anticipation of the official schedule release date in mid-April, theRams.com will be taking an early look at each of club's opponents for next season.

THE GREEN BAY PACKERS

LOCATION:The Rams will take on the Packers at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

HEAD COACH:Mike McCarthy has been the Packers' head coach for the past nine years. He led the club to a victory in Super Bowl XLV and holds a 121-70-1 all-time record in Green Bay.  

MATCHUP HISTORY:Los Angeles and Green Bay have met 94 times in series history — dating back to 1937. The clubs are tied at 46 wins apiece, with two additional tie games. The Rams last met the Packers in 2015 at Lambeau Field where they fell 24-10, with Green Bay recording four picks and three sacks in the contest.

2017 RECORD:The Packers finished off the 2017 season with a 7-9 record.


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WHO'S IN, WHO'S OUT?**

This offseason, the Packers made their share of big moves in free agency. But one of the most interesting storylines came from the release of wide receiver Jordy Nelson. The Packers drafted Nelson in 2008 and he became one of the franchise's most reliable wideouts — recording 69 touchdowns over the past 10 years.  

The Packers did gain a big red zone target by signing former Seahawks and Saints tight end Jimmy Graham to a three-year deal. The club also signed veteran cornerback Tramon Williams and defensive tackle Muhammad Wilkerson to boost its defense, and acquired a new backup quarterback in DeShone Kizer through a trade with the Browns. 

WHAT ABOUT THE DRAFT?

The Packers own a league-high 12 selections, but many sports writers expect the club to trade up for a higher pick in the first-round. Either way, Green Bay is expected to draft a defensive player as its first selection — specifically, either a linebacker or a cornerback. Some players that the Packers could be considering include linebacker Leighton Vander Esch (Boise State), defensive end Marcus Davenport (UTSA), and cornerback Josh Jackson (Iowa).

LOOK OUT FOR: 

The return of two-time MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The Cal product suited up for just seven games in 2017 after suffering a broken collarbone in Week 6. He is expected to return this offseason, and continue his reign as arguably the best quarterback in the league.

Check out in-game photos from the Week 5 matchup between the Green Bay Packers and the St. Louis Rams.

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