7 things to know about the Vikings and Packers heading into Week 8

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Green Bay is one of the worst Week 8 teams in NFL history

On the whole, the Packers are one of the NFL’s most storied franchises. They’ve won two Super Bowls in the last 25 years, and that seems to give them relentless clout in the NFL universe.

For this narrow and obscure metric, the Packers have struggled mightily in Week 8 games. In the Super Bowl era (since 1966), Green Bay is 17-28 (.378) in games that took place in Week 8. There is no spooky smoking gun to explain it — the team is just not very good historically in Week 8. In fact, this .378 win percentage ranks 28th in the NFL since 1966. Only four teams are worse: Falcons, Chargers, Jaguars, and Buccaneers.

It’s not often the Packers get to host a 1-5 team in Week 8, though. This stat does not forecast a Packers loss this weekend, but it is a curious oddity that is severely out of the ordinary for an otherwise-commendable franchise.