Week 16: at Minnesota Vikings
Without a doubt, this is the toughest game remaining on the schedule. It could potentially be for the NFC North title, depending on the two teams’ records entering the game. If the Packers are a game or more ahead, they can afford to lose this one. But if their records are equal, the Packers would need to win at U.S. Bank Stadium to be able to control their own destiny in the NFC North standings.
Regardless of how this game impacts the divisional standings, it’s going to be an incredibly tough game for Green Bay. Matt LaFleur’s team will need to play much better than we’ve seen in recent weeks to have a chance of defeating the Vikings on the road. They remain undefeated at U.S. Bank Stadium this season.
After a slow start to the season, the Vikings have not only kept pace with the Packers in the NFC North, but remained in the race for one of the two first-round byes. They’ll need to win this game to achieve that goal in all likelihood.
The Packers’ schedule is favorable down the stretch, but this game is the exception. Green Bay’s recent struggles on the road against Minnesota will continue. It’ll just be a matter of how important this game turns out to be.
Prediction: Minnesota 27, Green Bay 20 (11-4)