Green Bay Packers Must Focus On Division Title, First-Round Postseason Bye

By Michael Terrill
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The Green Bay Packers (9-4) have put themselves in a great position to win the NFC North for the second consecutive season with a victory over the Chicago Bears (8-5) this Sunday. With a win, the Packers can also take control of the second seed in the NFC – with a little help.

Green Bay’s first priority must be to defeat Chicago for the second time this season, and the sixth time in as many games, including the playoffs. This will automatically seal the division up and allow the Packers to turn their focus onto the NFL playoff picture.

The No. 1 and No. 2 seeds in the NFC are still up for grabs and Green Bay is within striking distance of both. The Atlanta Falcons (11-2), who are the current No. 1 seed in the conference, must lose their last three remaining games against the New York Giants (8-5), Detroit Lions (4-9) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-7). The chances of this happening are slim to none, but then again no one expected the Falcons to lose to the Carolina Panthers (4-9) this past week. Meanwhile, the Packers would have to win out and the San Francisco 49ers (9-3-1) must lose at least one game.

If all of this happened, then Green Bay would have home field advantage throughout the playoffs for the second straight year. However, the No. 2 seed in the NFC is much more realistic for the Packers and that is what they must focus on.

San Francisco has a difficult schedule to end the season, which is certainly falling in Green Bay’s favor. The 49ers must head into Foxborough to take on the New England Patriots (10-3), then travel to the northwest to play the surging Seattle Seahawks (8-5) and cap the season off against the lowly Arizona Cardinals (4-9). Packers’ fans have the 49ers-Patriots Sunday night matchup circled, because that is the best chance for Green Bay to climb into the No. 2 seed.

The Packers are in the driver seat and control their destiny for the most part. If they win their last three remaining games against Chicago, Tennessee Titans (4-9) and Minnesota Vikings (7-6), then they will put the pressure on the rest of the conference. Remember, Green Bay has won seven of their last eight games and if they win out then they will be riding a five-game winning streak into the postseason. All three contests will be difficult but if the Packers continue to play the way they have been then it should not be a problem.

Michael is a MLB and NBA Featured Writer for Rant Sports, but covers topics for various teams in baseball, basketball, and football. Make sure to follow Michael on Twitter @MichaelTerrill and on Facebook.

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