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Reaching the First Major Goal of the 2011 Checklist

Like any good leader, Mike McCarthy set out a list of goals for this team to accomplish on their way to the ultimate goal of repeating as Super Bowl Champions.  Unfortunately I don't know what exactly those goals are, but I do have a good guess.

Win the division.

Secure a first round bye in the playoffs.

Secure homefield advantage throughout the playoffs.

Have a top five offense.

Win the Super Bowl.

After eleven weeks these goals seem very attainable.  In fact it looks like this coming week the Packers could knock the first one out.  Yes, if the Packers win and the Lions lose the Packers will have won the NFC North division for the first time since 2007.  Perhaps more important than the last time this has happened is that it will be the first time since Aaron Rodgers has taken over as starting QB that the Packers will have won the NFC North division.  

Now winning the division isn't quite as important as winning the Super Bowl.  It's not going to snag as many headlines as going 19-0.  Winning the division is important though, and we all know the benefits.  The homefield games, the possibility of getting that bye which we will probably need, and force teams to play in the cold surroundings that our team is used to from living here for many months of the year.

There is also a petty reason I am hoping that the Packers are able to clean up the division this week is keeping up with the 49ers.  One of the things that we have been hearing about over the last couple weeks is how the Niners were going to be the first team to wrap up the division.  It would be nice to see the Packers secure our division first, or at least during the same weekend as San Fran despite the fact that they are in a much weaker division.

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