It’s December and the NFL playoffs are right around the corner. After a two-year absence, the Green Bay Packers are looking like they are playoff bound. Thanks to a Seattle victory on Monday night over the Minnesota Vikings, the Packers control their division destiny.
With the Vikings losing to the Seahawks on Monday night, the Vikings fell to 8-4, while the Packers improved to 9-3 with their victory over the Giants on Sunday. The Pack currently leads the Vikings by a full game in the division.
What does this actually mean? Well, the Packers actually control their own destiny for the division crown. The Vikings fell to 6th in the playoff picture, one game ahead of the Rams. All Green Bay has to do now is win out. Even if the Vikings beat Green Bay in their match-up they would need Green Bay to lose another game to take the division. Otherwise, if they ended up tied at the end of the regular season, Green Bay would win the division based on the divisional tiebreaker.
The Packers schedule is quite favorable the rest of the way. They host the Redskins at Lambeau on Sunday, then host the Chicago Bears in a rematch from week 1, then travel to Minnesota for a Christmas Eve Eve Monday night match-up with possible division implications riding on it, and then finish the season at Detroit.
Green Bay should finish the season on a nice winning streak going into the playoffs. If things finish they way they currently stand, the Packers would be the 3rd seed and would host the 6th seeded Vikings at Lambeau.
It’s a pretty reasonable path for Green Bay. Take care of your business and you are division champs. Go Pack Go!
Anthony Haag is a writer for PackersTalk.com. He has been a Packers fan since the day he was born and truly bleeds green and gold. He makes annual visits to Lambeau Field and has attended his fair share of games. You can follow Anthony on Twitter at @anthony_haag