The Packers put the rest of the NFL that not only they are they ready for the post-season, they are peaking at the right time. With the Packers 55-7 destruction of a thin and completely outmanned Titans team on Sunday, they served notice that they are every bit as good as they were expected to be this season, if not better.
I won’t overstate the win, it was against the Titans who have been a pretty poor team this season, but the dominance the Packers showed was impressive. It was such a mismatch that by midway through the third quarter I began to feel sorry for the Titans. The only blemish on an otherwise stellar defensive effort occurred after I completely lost interest and tuned to the Red Zone channel to watch what else might be of interest.
With the win, the Packers virtually guarantee the #3 seed. (Two 49ers losses and 2 SEA wins make them a 4 seed) They can add a bye week with a win next week in the Mall of America-Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome (or whatever it’s called) coupled with a 49ers loss in Seattle tonight or versus Arizona next week.
Obviously the best chance for that is tonight in Seattle, and I fully expect the Seahawks to deliver the gift of a potential bye. They will help themselves by winning tonight as well, securing one of the 2 Wild Card slots. Hey, they owe us at least that much!
All of that could go up in smoke if the Packers can’t secure a win next Sunday in Minnesota. Adrian Peterson is going for the all-time single season rushing record and they are coming off an impressive win on the road in Houston. The H-Dome is loud and unlike many years, this game may mean a lot to both teams: A potential bye for the Pack and a playoff berth for the Vikes.
Tonight’s game is the key for next week to be meaningful for everyone.
For what it’s worth, GO SEAHAWKS! I’d like the chance for the Packers to get the bye they deserve…