Four teams can help the Green Bay Packers stay in playoff contention this week.
The Packers need a miracle to make the postseason.
It’s clear they need to win all five games left on the schedule to give themselves a chance. Even then they will need some help around the league.
Lombardi Ave’s Paul Bretl broke down exactly what the Packers need to happen to make the playoffs. In Week 13, Packers fans should cheer on these four teams:
New England Patriots (vs. Vikings)
To finish ahead of Minnesota, Green Bay needs its division rival to lose three games. The Vikings face a tough schedule starting Sunday at New England, so it’s still possible.
The Vikings are effectively three games ahead of the Packers as they own the head-to-head tiebreaker, but a Green Bay and New England win this week would cut the gap.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs. Panthers)
The Panthers have been dragged back into the wild-card race after losing three straight. If the Packers win out and the Panthers lose two more games, Green Bay will finish ahead of them.
Cheer on the Buccaneers to defeat their division rivals at home this week.
San Fransisco 49ers (at Seahawks)
The Seahawks are on a roll with victories over Green Bay and Carolina the past two weeks.
Seattle has pulled ahead of Green Bay in the playoff race and has an excellent opportunity to move one step closer with victory this week. The Packers need the Seahawks to lose two more games before the end of the season.
While it’s unlikely the 2-9 49ers pull off the upset on the road, it’s a divisional game, so anything can happen. A San Francisco victory would help Green Bay in a big way this week.
Philadelphia Eagles (vs. Washington)
The Eagles are actually ahead in the wild-card race, but Green Bay only needs Philadelphia to lose one more game this season to have the opportunity to move ahead in the standings.
Philadelphia still has to play Dallas, the LA Rams and Houston, so I’m confident the Super Bowl champions won’t win out.
But the Packers also need Washington to lose two more games. Without Alex Smith that’s a real possibility. For one week only, cheer on the Eagles.