Monday night’s game is huge for the Packers

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Yes, the 49ers will closely be watching Monday night’s Vikings-Seahawks game, for obvious reasons. But the Packers will closely be watching the game as well, for slightly less obvious reasons.

If the Vikings lose to Seattle on Monday night, the Packers will have a clear and easy path to the NFC North title.

It would give Green Bay a one-game lead, with four to play. And even if the Vikings beat Green Bay three weeks from tonight in Minnesota, the Packers would win the division by beating Washington this week, the Bears next week, and the Lions in Week 17 — even if the Vikings otherwise run the table.

Under that scenario, the 12-4 Packers would take the division from the 12-4 Vikings based on the better division record (5-1 vs. 4-2), relegating Minnesota to the sixth seed and a potential reprise of the Vikings at Packers wild-card game from seven years ago.

If the Vikings somehow win tonight, that all changes. The Vikings would then be wins over the Lions, Chargers, Packers, and Bears away from a division championship, a 13-3 record, possibly a bye, and maybe (depending on how everything else shakes out) the No. 1 seed.

It underscores the significance of Monday night’s game and the wide-open nature of the top of the NFC. Although the five playoff teams other than the none-of-the-above NFC East champion seem to be coming into focus, seeding will be critical. And most of it remains to be determined.

37 responses to “Monday night’s game is huge for the Packers

  1. Given the ref’s penchant for ensuring cheese wins, it’s a foregone conclusion the Vikes get the wild card spot.

  2. “The Vikings would then be wins over the Lions, Chargers, Packers, and Bears away from a division championship, a 13-3 record, possibly a bye, and maybe (depending on how everything else shakes out) the No. 1 seed.”
    Sometimes PFT articles are difficult to follow. Just get to the point and avoid all the cute, unnecessary verbiage.
    For example, “If the Vikings win their remaining games, they could be a #1 seed with a first round bye”.

  3. I hope the writers continue to not mention the Saints…who will be the current #1 seed if the Seahawks win tonight.

  4. I see SF or Sea easily winning road playoff games, the other NFC teams not so much though. GB will be one and done, MN likely as well. It’s a 3 team race in NFC with NO the other team. MN needs to rid themselves of Zimmer before they can be taken seriously. His stubbornness and arrogance as a D coordinator is their demise. His “technique” he loves to preach leaves his CB’s on an island never playing the ball (because they can’t see it with their back to the QB when only playing the WR). Watch tonight how many times they are in position, but never make the INT or bat it away. Play dime coverage once in awhile too getting more speed and cover guys on the field rather than always just nickel. Again….stubborn and arrogant!!

  5. Given the ref’s penchant for ensuring cheese wins, it’s a foregone conclusion the Vikes get the wild card spot.

    The purple clown car is already rolling down the street blaming the officials for the Vikings pending collopse even though the NFL just gave them a gift by removing another prime time game for Cousins.

  6. The Packers don’t care about this game. The Packers control their own destiny.

    You can figure out who your team needs help from Mike, but the Packers are focused on only themselves and the Redskins today.

    #ControlOurOwnDestiny

    #GoPackGo!🏈

  7. dcspeedway says:
    December 2, 2019 at 11:26 am
    Lets see………Kurt Cousins as QB,,,,,hmmmmmm. I do not see the Vikes winning. I don’t see many wins the rest of the season.

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    Except the fact Kirk has been playing good. He is playing better football currently than Aaron Rodgers.They may not win tonight, but they could win all the rest of their games and have 12 wins which is a pretty good season.

  8. Said it before and will say it again, it will be damn near impossible for the Vikes to catch the Pack given their comparatively easy schedule the rest of the year. A wild card spot is the most likely alternative, as it is going to be tough to beat the Seahawks at home tonight. As also said before, after beating the creampuffs the next couple weeks, the cheesers will forget about the 49er/Chargers games, revert to viewing the world through green and gold glasses, and come crashing back down to Sheboygan come January.

  9. While Packer fans will want Minnesota to lose…. the Packers still control there own fate. No matter what goes down tonight.

    Its a big game for Minnesota and it will be interesting to see how they play with this pressure. They have started slow on the road in important games under Zinmer. They cant afford one tonight, they arent playing the Broncos

  10. The Seahawks have won 24 of their last 26 night games at home, so the ’85 Bears would have trouble winning tonight. If the Vikings are somehow able to win, I don’t see how they lose another game.

  11. freefromwhatyouare says:
    December 2, 2019 at 11:25 am

    The Packers don’t care about this game. The Packers control their own destiny.

    You can figure out who your team needs help from Mike, but the Packers are focused on only themselves and the Redskins today.

    #ControlOurOwnDestiny
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    I have news for you: The Vikings also control their own destiny. At least until later tonight.

  12. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    December 2, 2019 at 11:39 am

    The Seahawks have won 24 of their last 26 night games at home, so the ’85 Bears would have trouble winning tonight. If the Vikings are somehow able to win, I don’t see how they lose another game.
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    I do.

  13. I’m a Vikings fan, but I have an honest prediction.
    The Vikings pass defense (unless Zimmer has done something magical in the bye week) is currently VERY beatable.

    I sadly expect this to possibly turn into a blow-out with Wilson throwing and running all over them.

    The ONLY way I expect my Vikes to win tonight will be IF:
    1) They run Cook and Mattison VERY effectively and consistently.. ALL game.
    2) The score touchdowns after long drives doing that running.
    3) They get at LEAST one turnover on the Hawks

  14. The Seahawks are going to destroy Minnesota tonight. Giving the Vikings the chance to beat the Packers and yet still lose the #3 seed to them.

    If only Zim could teach Dalvin Cook not to block in the end zone.

  15. As much as I don’t want to admit that this is a big game for the Vikings, it’s a big game! If they win, they have a good shot at getting a first round bye as they should be the favorite in each of their last four games, three of which are at home. If they lose, they’ll likely be the 6th seed and play at Packers in the Wild Card round, which won’t be the worse thing, as they should beat the Packers. But I don’t see them going on to win at SF and NO or Seattle after that. That’s a tough road.

    Tonight Zimmer has to show his worth. Pass defense is his specialty, and that is their biggest weakest now, even more than the O-line. Zimmer needs to dial up some different coverages and creative blitzes. He can no longer just sit in man/cover 3 all game and expect to win with these corners. Zimmer once said that he wants cover corners and that he can find Cover 2 corners at the local 7-11. Well, he now has Cover 2 corners, so it may be time to start playing more Cover 2 and try to hold Seattle to FGs and lean on the offense to win this game.

  16. Wisconsin has already emasculated MN once this weekend, earning the Badgers a Rose Bowl bid and relegating the Gophers to the likes of the Idaho Potato Bowl.

    I see another MN collapse tonight. That’s what they do.

  17. codylaws says:
    December 2, 2019 at 11:34 am
    We see Packers losing three our of four games and be one and done.

    based on your track record cody, this assures the Pack in the conference finals…Vikings are the kings of 1 and done, so you should know.

  18. Since re-alignment, no team in the NFC North has lost 2 divisional games and won the division.

    I just don’t see Cousins changing that narrative.

  19. If the Seahawks win tonight, the Rams edge the Vikings for the final playoff spot in the NFC.

    Vikings will have no one to blame but Zimmer. And of course the refs.

  20. cheeseisfattening says:
    December 2, 2019 at 11:39 am

    I think the Packers are still trying to figure out the proper amount of rest.

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    It’s either that, or their rapid descent stems from the fact that they are no longer doing the McCarthy-era juggling drills.

  21. It’s either that, or their rapid descent stems from the fact that they are no longer doing the McCarthy-era juggling drills.
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    Rapid descent? What orifice do you guys pull this stuff from? Been leading the division all year and continue to do so. And if the Vikes lose tonight it’s all but over.

  22. Seattle is a far far better team, (including the HC and QB) than the cheese. This is a much bigger test than playing the cheese at home. Also Vikes won’t have the refs to count on like the cheese does either. Playing and beating the cheese in MSP will be a cakewalk compared to this monster game tonight.

  23. cheeseisfattening says:
    December 2, 2019 at 12:09 pm
    This is a must win for my Vikes. We haven’t beat the Packers or the Bears since I was in diapers.
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    You must be 5 or 6 years old OR you have major digestive problems, because the Vikings swept GB and Chi in 2017.
    That’s the 13-3 season.

  24. The Packers never seem to address their weaknesses! If you have a team like 49ners or Vikings that have a great pass rush, Why in the world are you running deep pass patterns that take too long to develop? Run a quick slant or dump to the back? Gee Rodgers looks dumb founded when after five seconds he’s getting sacked! 3 seconds ball out or take off and run, not rocket science to figure out. Also get the play called quicker! Tired of seeing the play clock down to 2 seconds before the snap. Do they not see this when they look at game film? Doesn’t seem like this ever gets addressed, we are only in week 15!

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