The Green Bay Packers are in the middle of the running for a first-round bye in the NFC thanks to a very helpful Week 10.
Week 10 was a good week for the Green Bay Packers. Not only did the secure their eighth victory in ten tries, but they also took a step toward securing one of the two first-round byes in the NFC. Their win combined with losses from the San Francisco 49ers and New Orleans Saints means Green Bay is in the thick of the conversation with six games remaining.
At 8-2, the Packers are one game ahead of the 7-3 Minnesota Vikings in the NFC North. Equally as important, they’re half a game ahead of the 7-2 Saints, half a game behind the 8-1 49ers and tied with the 8-2 Seattle Seahawks. What a cluster!
Green Bay will get a chance to leapfrog San Francisco following their bye in Week 12. The Packers head to the bay area for one of their only two remaining games against a team currently with a winning record. (The other game comes at the Vikings in the second-to-last contest of the season).
There’s a lot of football to be played, but the Packers have certainly survived the toughest part of their schedule. Other then their two tough road games at the 49ers and at the Vikings, they play at the New York Giants (2-8), vs Washington Redskins (1-8), vs Chicago Bears (4-5), and at the Detroit Lions (3-5-1).
Green Bay gets a week to recover with the bye and should be fully loaded in a huge showdown at San Francisco. For a team that hasn’t made it to the postseason in three years, securing a first-round bye could go a long way toward achieving their ultimate goal. That will ensure they’ll at least play one home playoff game and possibly even two depending on how the rest of the season plays out.
It may be a bit premature to talk about the postseason, but this is a situation worth keeping an eye on. The Packers are in the middle of a five-team battle for the all-important top two seeds. The division is also on the line with the Vikings breathing down their neck. And, although there’s a lot of football left to be played, Week 10 was a step in the right direction.