Best time to visit teams in the NFC North
Since the release of the 2018-19 NFL schedule, fans around the world have been daydreaming about taking a trip to the USA to see their team play. We decided to take it a step further, scouring the schedules of all 32 NFL teams to find the best time for travellers who want to see their team play multiple games.
Considering the average overseas trip duration (by Australians) is 14.5 days – roughly two weeks – we worked out the best stretch of games for die-hards who want to see their team as much as possible during an average overseas trip.
So, here’s how you can see your team play 3 times in 2 weeks.
This week we’re focusing on teams in the NFC North.
Chicago Bears: Nov. 18 – Dec. 2
Prepare to be blown away by arguably the best three-week stretch of games in the NFL, Bears fans. We’re talking a home game at Soldier Field. We’re talking the Thanksgiving Day match-up with the Lions in Detroit. And we’re talking New York City.
Yes, if you book your return flights in and out of the Big Apple and then make your way to Chicago, you’ll see your beloved Bears at Soldier Field on Nov. 18. Then, quickly make your way to Detroit for the now-annual Thanksgiving Day match on Nov. 22, and then get yourself back to New York for some quality sight-seeing and the Dec. 2 match-up with the Giants at Metlife Stadium.
One last piece of advice: be sure to get to Chicago a few days earlier than the match in order to see the city, as the Thanksgiving Day game in Detroit takes place just four days after Nov. 18 on the Thursday.
Detroit Lions: Nov. 11 – Nov. 22
Looking for a quick break which doesn’t involve too many connecting flights or complicated itineraries? Well, if you’re a fan of all things Detroit, you’ll love this action-packed, 12-day sojourn.
Not only does this trip include two consecutive home games in Detroit, leaving you ample time to check out nearby things to do (such as watching the Michigan Wolverines in the Big House), but you’ll also spend some quality time in Chicago – easily one of the United States’ most interesting and vibrant cities.
In fact, not only will you see the Lions play the Bears at Soldier Field on Nov. 11, you’ll also see the Bears in the return leg at Ford Field not two weeks later on Thanksgiving Day on Nov. 22. Talk about ticking an item off the bucket list!
In between those matches, the Carolina Panthers come to town on Nov. 18, so just make sure you don’t overdo the sightseeing in Chicago and miss that huge matchup.
Green Bay Packers: Dec. 9 – Dec. 23
If you latched onto the Packers when you first started watching the NFL, you’re pretty lucky. Not only have you seen your fair share of success in recent years, you also follow the team which is one of the league’s most remarkable stories.
Playing in what can only be described as a small country town, the Packers do their business in front of around 80,000 people each week, despite Green Bay itself being home to just 105,000 people!
But let’s get onto the football! Make your way to Green Bay for the Dec. 9 match against fellow NFC powerhouse Atlanta. Then, mosey on to Chicago, making sure to immerse yourself in that best the city has to offer before you announce you’re a Cheesehead on Dec. 16 (be sure to keep your wits about you!).
It might then be wise to high-tail it out of Chicago (especially if your team wins), so fly to the Big Apple to see the sites for a few days before you watch the Packers take on the Jets at Metlife Stadium on Dec. 23.
From there, you could even choose to spend Christmas (and New Year’s Eve) in New York, but that would take you beyond the limits our two-week itinerary… not that there’s anything wrong with that!
Minnesota Vikings: Sept. 16 – Sept. 27
We thought it might be cruel to send Vikes fans to the great white north in December, so luckily for any followers of the Minnesota Vikings, there’s a three-game stretch in September which not only has you watching football at the brand new U.S. Bank Stadium, but also gets you to Lambeau Field (hello, bucket list!) and to Los Angeles to soak up some sun.
Fly in and out of L.A., making sure to get there well before Sept. 16 and leaving yourself enough time at the end of your trip to catch the third game of this itinerary, when the Vikings take on the Rams at the Coliseum on Sept. 27.
From L.A., fly straight to Green Bay (or Milwaukee, whichever is more cost effective!) and check out the historic Lambeau Field when the Vikes play on Sept. 16. After that, get yourself to Minneapolis to check out the sites (including the world-famous Mall of America – seriously!) and to see your team host the Bills on Sept. 23.
Then, make your way back to L.A. for some well-deserved sunshine and more football before flying home. Perfect!
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Also, don’t forget to check the schedules of the other codes; as college football, NBA, NHL and more will all be on during the NFL season.