Who could the Green Bay Packers play in the divisional round of the playoffs?
The Packers have the top seed in the NFC wrapped up, but there’s a lot to play for with the other playoff contenders in the conference as we enter Week 18.
In two weeks, Green Bay will welcome the lowest remaining seed to Lambeau Field in the divisional round. Let’s look at all the potential teams the Packers could face.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Don’t worry, just yet. This is the least likely scenario in the divisional round. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are currently the third seed in the NFC which means they would avoid a trip to Lambeau Field in the divisional round.
It would take a lot for the Bucs to fall any lower in the standings in Week 18.
Currently the fourth seed? The Dallas Cowboys. If they remain in that spot and all three division winners are victorious in the wild-card round, it would set up a Mike McCarthy return to Lambeau Field. A tough challenge, and one the Packers would possibly prefer to avoid.
Los Angeles Rams
There are a couple of ways this matchup could happen. One is if the Los Angeles Rams drops to the number four seed this week but still wins the NFC West. The other is if the Rams don’t win their division and enter the playoffs as a wild-card team.
For now, it seems a long shot we’ll see a repeat of last year’s divisional round game at Lambeau.
As things stand, the Arizona Cardinals are a wild-card team. If it stays that way and they pull off a road win in the first round, there’s every chance they could be on their way to Lambeau Field in two weeks. Far from an easy game.
Don’t underestimate the Philadelphia Eagles. Winners of six over their past seven games, the Eagles have turned things around and clinched a playoff berth. Currently, they are the seventh seed. That would mean a wild-card win would set up a trip to Lambeau.
San Francisco 49ers
We’ve seen plenty of heartbreaking playoff moments against the San Francisco 49ers over the past decade. Wouldn’t it be nice to get some revenge? Perhaps that opportunity will await in two weeks, although the 49ers would need a road win in the wild-card round.
New Orleans Saints
Talking of revenge, how about a chance to put right the awful Week 1 performance against the New Orleans Saints? They enter Week 18 outside of the playoff spots so would need some help to get in.