How a Tie Can Help & Hurt The Packers
Green Bay Packers will have an ugly 1 at the end of their record for the rest of the season. The tie is an interesting dynamic for the rest of the season. It can benefit Green Bay in a major way, and it could also cost them the division title if it comes down to one game between Minnesota and them. The tie is an interesting subplot to the year. Remember in 2013, it benefited Green Bay to have that tie as they played a one-game playoff with Chicago to decide the division at the end of the season. Don’t be surprised if the tie factors in down the stretch.
The NFC is going to be a fight for the six playoff spots. It’s very early in the season, but you figure the two Wild Card teams will probably need 10 wins to get there. It’s hard to believe there will be a nine-win Wild Card team. NFC North, NFC South and maybe the NFC West have three teams that could win 10 games. The thing about 10 games with the Packers now is their record would be 10-5-1 meaning they have an advantage over every time unless some other team ends up with a tie this season. Packers have a significant advantage in the playoff race all season. That should bother every NFC contender.
For the NFC North, it likely means Minnesota-Green Bay Round II will be the decider for the NFC North title. That’s not a good thing for Green Bay. Minnesota is one of the best home teams in all of the National Football League. They just don’t lose at home. In the last two plus years, Minnesota holds a record of 13-4 at home. Adding to Green Bay’s disadvantages, this is primetime game on NBC. The crowd will be unhinged. Aaron Rodgers and the Packers can win there, but if you were to look at the schedule pointing out potential losses, this would be one of them.
The tie will factor in at some point this year. Let’s hope it’s a positive one.