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Rooting Guide + Playoff Picture: 12/13

This week finds the Packers in a fairly comfortable playoff niché, locked into second place spot in the NFC Wild Card, and having won 4 straight games. Here are the current Wild Card standings:

1. Philadelphia Eagles 8-4 (7-2 in conference)

2. Green Bay Packers 8-4 (6-3 in conference)

3. NY Giants 7-5 (5-3 in conference)

For those astute readers who are wondering about tiebreaking procedures and why the Eagles are currently behind the Cowboys, look no farther than this passage, copied from expert Joe Ferreira:

 

  • Dallas is the NFC East Division winner over Philadelphia based on head to head (1-0).
  • Philadelphia earns the No. 5 seed over Green Bay based on conference record (7-2 to the Packers' 6-3).

 

This is a very good website for checking out the total playoff picture. 

Now here's how a Packers fan should root today to improve our playoff hopes:

1. The Falcons are at home to take on the unbeaten New Orleans Saints. Root for the Saints. The Falcons are already practically dead in the water at 6-6, but a loss would put them at 6-7, and, realistically, completely out of it.

2. The Bengals are at home against the hated Vikings. Why the heck not, root Bengals. A Vikings loss combined with a Packers win would make the former 10-3, and the latter 9-4. It'll never happen, but it would be awesome to win the division.

3. The Cowboys are at home against the Chargers. Root Cowboys. Honestly, I'd rather play the "Amazing Disappearing Offense" than the Eagles in the first round of the playoffs, and the best way to ensure that is the Cowboys wining the overrated NFC East. The Eagles are less dangerous to us as a fellow wild card team. However...

4. The Eagles are in the Meadowlands to take on the Giants tonight. In a tough one, I'm going to have to root for the Giants. Even thought it would be nice to knock the G-Men out of the race (7-6), I still don't see them as a major threat at 8-5. An Eagles loss allows a hopefully victorious Packers team to move up to the # 5 spot (wild card leaders), and that is some nice insurance to have. All that being said, this is two NFC East teams beating up on each other, neither outcome would be bad for the Pack.

5. I really don't need to say this, but, the Packers need to take care of business in Chicago. Go Pack go!

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