Packers: The path to home-field advantage is now clear

Green Bay Packers, Davante Adams - Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports
Green Bay Packers, Davante Adams - Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports /

The Packers’ path to the No. 1 seed is clear.

Three more wins. That’s all the Green Bay Packers need to know.

A perfect weekend saw not only the Packers win the NFC North following their victory over the Detroit Lions, but also move ahead of the New Orleans Saints after they were beaten by the Philadelphia Eagles.

One team in the NFC will earn a first-round bye and home-field advantage. With three weeks remaining of the regular season, the Packers are in pole position.

“We’ve played in I believe four NFC championship games, all four on the road,” Aaron Rodgers said postgame. “So being able to have the whole thing come through Green Bay is something we’ve talked about for a long time. We’ve wanted, but we’ve never had.”

As Rodgers said, he’s played in four NFC title games with just one victory. All of those games were played away from Lambeau Field. He hopes to change that this season.

They don’t need to worry about getting help elsewhere. Green Bay’s path to the first seed is now clear.

Win. Win. Win.

First, the Packers host the Carolina Panthers next Saturday night. Sure, it would be great if the New Orleans Saints lose to the Kansas City Chiefs. That wouldn’t hurt. But the Los Angeles Rams and Seattle Seahawks are only a game behind. Los Angeles plays the New York Jets in Week 15. Seattle plays the Washington Football Team.

But by defeating Carolina, Green Bay will remain the NFC’s top seed.

Then comes the toughest challenge remaining on the schedule, a meeting with the Tennessee Titans. Slowing down Derrick Henry is a daunting task for this defense, but with a win, the number one seed would remain in the Packers’ control.

Finally, a trip to Soldier Field to close out the season. The Chicago Bears may have finally snapped their six-game losing streak, but this is a game the Packers will enter as favorites.

Three big weeks await. There will be many twists and turns before the regular season comes to a close. But for the Packers, their path to the number one seed is clear.