Despite every crazy thing 2020 has thrown at us, one thing at least has remained the same.
The Green Bay Packers are NFC North champions.
For the 11th time in the 19 years since the division was formed, the Packers are the cream of the crop and will get at least one home playoff game that comes with the crown.
While it is a cause for celebration, they don’t hang division championship banners in Green Bay. Like every other year in Titletown, it’s a Super Bowl title or bust and the Packers have a lot more in front of them.
Thanks to the Philadelphia Eagles’ upset of the New Orleans Saints yesterday, Green Bay now owns the top seed in the NFC and the lone first round bye that comes with it thanks to this year’s new playoff format.
Green Bay controls its own destiny, too. They hold the tiebreaker over the Saints thanks to a victory in New Orleans earlier this year and with the Saints facing the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs next week, there is potential for the Packers to take essentially a two-game lead with two to play should they beat Carolina on Saturday.
As Aaron Rodgers noted yesterday, they have played in four NFC Championship Games since he took over as starting quarterback and all have been on the road. They’d love to have a team come into a frozen Lambeau in January with a berth in Super Bowl LV on the line.
Green Bay of course still has to take care of business on their end too, but the team is hellbent on getting the first seed and judging by their performance this season does anyone want to bet against them?
Now for some Victory Monday curds.
The defense and special teams still threaten to be major albatrosses to a Super Bowl run, but does anyone want to bet against MVP front runner Rodgers and head coach Matt LaFleur? Good luck.
The Packers have had the top seed once in the Rodgers era, but they flamed out in the divisional round against the eventual champion New York Giants. Don’t think that won’t be top of mind for Rodgers should they earn home field again. The man is on a mission and God help the poor souls who get in the way.
Detroit ran three plays in the third quarter yesterday. Yes, three. It was further proof of the dominance the Packers have displayed in the middle two quarters of a game all season.
“Yes” was all LaFleur needed to hear from Mason Crosby before he tried a critical 57-yard field goal that all but put the game out of reach for the Detroit Lions.
Never tell this man the odds. Wow.