How the Packers can secure playoff berth in Week 14

Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers - Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers - Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports /

How the Packers can clinch a playoff berth in Week 14.

A win on Sunday could not only secure the Green Bay Packers their second straight division title, but could also clinch a second straight playoff berth.

Let’s take a look at the different ways it can happen.

Green Bay win + Minnesota or Arizona loss

If Green Bay beats Detroit, and Arizona loses to the Giants or Minnesota loses to Tampa Bay, the Packers clinch a playoff spot. With New York’s stunning upset of Seattle last week on the road as well as Minnesota’s inconsistent play as of late, either scenario certainly isn’t out of the question.

Green Bay win + Seattle win/tie or Green Bay win + Seattle win/tie + Arizona tie

This scenario could be possible but ties are a rarity in the NFL. Seattle faces the Jets at home while Arizona faces the Giants on the road. New York’s defense was key in upsetting Seattle last week, I’d expect the same to be said this week. Especially with how potent Arizona’s passing offense is when firing on all cylinders. Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins have been a great QB/WR duo so if New York’s secondary is even slightly off in coverage, it could be a long afternoon.

Green Bay controls its own destiny

At this point late in the year, it’s up to the Packers to focus on what they can control as a team. That means playing intense, winning football on both sides of the ball for the remaining four-week stretch of games. They are definitely still in contention for the top spot in the NFC and they know it.

If they play up to their potential as a team and focus on winning, there’s no doubt that they will be making a lot of noise in January and quite possibly beyond that — depending on what happens outside of their own control as team.