By Nick Freimuth
At (6-6) the Green Bay Packers are still in the playoff hunt. The division has already been secured by the Minnesota Vikings, but a Wild Card is still possible. Green Bay needs some help and will likely need to win out and finish (10-6). It may be difficult but Packers fans will need to root for Minnesota and Philadelphia to run the table. If each team wins out Green Bay will have a much better chance of making the post season. The Packers cannot surpass either team as they sit comfortably at (10-2).
It would also help the Packers if New Orleans (9-3) and the L.A. Rams (9-3) keep on winning. The Packers need a little help from either the Carolina Panthers (8-4) or Seattle Seahawks (8-4). Green Bay has the tie breaker with Seattle having beaten them in the season opener 17-9 on September 10th. Green Bay could own the tie breaker with Carolina too if the can knock off the Panthers next Sunday.
Atlanta is a bigger thorn in Green Bay’s side right now. The Falcons beat Green Bay in week two 34-23, thus hold the advantage in playoff seeding. At (7-5) Atlanta would also need to lose two of the remaining four games and see Green Bay win out.
Aaron Rodgers will return to quarterback the Pack starting next week in Carolina. The return of arguably the best quarterback in the NFL will give Green Bay a golden opportunity to “run the table” for the second year in a row. If the Rodgers led Packers can catch fire, they will be a Wild Card team no one will want to face in week one of the post season.
The road to the playoffs is winding. While it may still be mathematically possible, a little luck will have to work in Green Bay’s favor too. It starts with a must win for Brett Hundley and the Green Bay Packers at noon Sunday from FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland against the (0-12) Browns.