The Green Bay Packers finished the 2019 season with a 13-3 record and an appearance in the NFC Championship but received criticism heading into the 2020 season due to their offseason. Now, the Packers sit atop the NFC North and the conference.
In the NFC North, the Green Bay Packers hold a comfortable 2.5 game lead over the Chicago Bears, and a three-game lead over the Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions. The Packers have a 2-1 record against NFC North opponents with their only loss coming from the Vikings.
The season isn’t over as we are entering Week 11 and the NFC North is the Packers division to lose. The Bears’ offense is nonexistent, the Vikings started the season slowly, and the Lions haven’t proven to be a huge threat within the division.
However, before the season started, many people thought the Packers wouldn’t be in this situation. There were people and organizations that thought the Packers were going to crash and burn after one season under head coach Matt LaFleur. The Packers have kept those doubters quiet.
Overall, the conference is a different picture. Even though the Packers hold the No. 1 seed, things are getting close. The Packers would like to stay in the position that they are in, but they control their own destiny. However, it’s a tough road ahead of them.
The Packers are going to have to face the Indianapolis Colts, the Tennessee Titans, and the Chicago Bears twice. The Colts are first in yards allowed per game and fourth in points allowed per game. The Bears’ offense is a disaster, but the defense is elite with being seventh in points allowed per game. The Titans have the sixth-ranked rushing offense.
Although it’s a small sample size, the Packers didn’t do well against the last top-ranked defense they played against – a 38-10 loss to the Buccaneers. Then, the Packers gave up 163 yards to a top rushing offense in a 28-22 loss to the Vikings. Also, there’s a chance of an upset against the Carolina Panthers, Philadelphia Eagles, and the Detroit Lions.
Things can change fast in the NFC playoff picture, especially for that No. 1 seed. It’s not a given for the Packers, especially not showing any confidence with their recent game with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams, and Seattle Seahawks are all in reach.
The ride for the No. 1 seed isn’t easy for any of those teams either, but the Packers have the upper hand. Already leading the conference, the Packers have the tiebreaker over the Saints, then the NFC West has a chance to beat up on each other. The only team with an advantage is the Buccaneers, but they have to play the Rams, the Kansas City Chiefs, and two games against the Atlanta Falcons.
We still have six weeks left in the NFL regular season, but the Packers are looking good where they are as long as they can keep producing wins. Although, not bad for a team that had outsiders not believing in them.