5. Packers’ recent record is excellent in divisional games
Take care of your divisional games and you’ll have a great chance of winning it. Look no further than last season when the Packers swept their division rivals.
They won some close games, such as the Week 1 road victory over the Chicago Bears. They won both games against the Detroit Lions with a walk-off Mason Crosby field goal and led both contests for a total of zero seconds. They found a way to win.
But the Packers also had their share of dominant victories in the division. Both victories over the Minnesota Vikings (21-16 at Lambeau, 23-10 at U.S. Bank Stadium) might look close, but the Packers were the better team in both contests, especially the road win just before Christmas. They also eased to a 21-13 win over the Bears at Lambeau in December.
Some games were close, others not so much. But each game had the same result, a Packers win. Momentum can’t be carried from one season to the next, but last year’s divisional record showed that the Packers were clearly the number one team in the division and Matt LaFleur prepared good game plans in each game.
Don’t expect the Packers to go 6-0 in the NFC North again, but they can still post a strong divisional record, the key to finishing in first place.