Packers First Playoff Step Begins With Dallas
The great Kevin Garnett once said, “ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!” And he’s right, anything is possible. Green Bay Packers are a complete longshot to make the playoffs. I have a better chance at going viral on Twitter than the Packers do at making the playoffs. That said, I’m not going to dismiss it until they’re dead and buried. Why? I’ve seen too many crazy things happen with playoff races in the National Football League. There are countless examples of the Packers finding a way into the postseason dance. Same goes for other teams who are ‘in the hunt.’ For Green Bay, it starts tonight with Dallas, and the hope that the home underdog Cowboys can find a way to beat the seemingly unbeatable Saints.
It might hurt to be a Cowboy fan for a night, but you have to do it. I get the Saints have shitpumped (Shouts to Ryan Whitney) everyone in their sight of late, and they’re the best team in football yet it’s not unreasonable to think Dallas could win this game. Cowboys have a great secondary and pass defense. They can control the clock with Ezekiel Elliott, and even with the Saints’ success, their secondary is a bit questionable leading to potentially another big game from Amari Cooper.
This game matters to the Packers for a simple reason, pressure on the Bears for the third spot in the NFC Playoff race. Why is pressure on the Bears important? Look no further than the last game of the season against Minnesota. Packers have to make sure the Bears are playing for something in Week 17 to avoid it being a cakewalk for the Vikings. If Cowboys lose tonight, they’re three games back of Chicago for that third spot and even if Chase Daniel struggles in New York, they have some cushion. Cowboys win and all of the sudden, a Bears defeat, puts Dallas one game back of the three seed.
Seeding is always important. The biggest thing this year is avoiding a trip to New Orleans in the divisional round. That’s the goal for the other division leaders. A trip to Los Angeles where the fans would be closer to a 50/50 split versus a ravenous Saints dome is much preferred. Saints have the tiebreaker against the Los Angeles Rams. It’s hard to see either team finishing the year 15-1, and they’re both probably in for one more loss at worst this season. The three seed gets the LA opportunity versus the NOLA visit.
How bout them Cowboys?!?!