The Green Bay Packers may need a miracle to make the postseason, but let’s talk about it.
To turn things around and make the playoffs as a wild-card team, the Packers need to win. And keep winning. They might not be able to afford another loss.
Along with that, they need plenty of help.
But as long as it’s not mathematically impossible, there’s a way.
The Packers didn’t help themselves by losing on Thursday night, but which other teams can help them in Week 11?
Houston Texans (vs. Washington Commanders)
A win for the Washington Commanders this week would put them two games clear of the Packers. And they also have the head-to-head tiebreaker after defeating Green Bay earlier this season.
To make it even worse? The Commanders aren’t even in a playoff spot as things stand.
Green Bay needs Washington to lose a couple of games, and this would be a great week for one of those defeats to happen. The Commanders take on an AFC team, so the Houston Texans can help the Packers out this week.
Minnesota Vikings (vs. Dallas Cowboys)
It’s got so bad that we could do with some help from the Minnesota Vikings.
The NFC North is gone. Forget about it. The Vikings could lose every game the rest of the way and would still probably win the division.
But they could help the Packers by defeating a team in the wild-card race.
Even with a loss, the Dallas Cowboys would remain 2.5 games ahead of the Packers, but it’s a start. And don’t forget that Green Bay owns the head-to-head tiebreaker after defeating Dallas last week.
Arizona Cardinals (vs. San Francisco 49ers)
The San Francisco 49ers are currently the seventh seed. They may go on to win the NFC West, which would make their win-loss record irrelevant to the Packers.
But if another team wins the division, San Francisco will be in contention for a wild-card berth.
A win would put them 6-4, comfortably ahead of Green Bay.
The Arizona Cardinals would go a game ahead of Green Bay with a win, so it’s not ideal, but it’s the best of two bad outcomes.