The Green Bay Packers got a win they so desperately needed, but how has it impacted their playoff chances this season?
Well, not as much as you may have hoped.
Despite beating the Chicago Bears, the Packers remain highly unlikely to make the postseason. The wild-card berths remain a long way off for Matt LaFleur’s team.
Playoff spot remains unlikely for Packers
FiveThirtyEight projects that Green Bay has a four percent chance of making the playoffs. Victory on Sunday didn’t help all that much.
Wins for the Detroit Lions and Seattle Seahawks didn’t help, and a tie between the New York Giants and Washington Commanders further complicated the NFC picture.
The bad news is that with Green Bay entering a bye in Week 14, its playoff chances could decrease further before the next game against the Los Angeles Rams.
The Packers’ playoff chances could drop to as low as one percent next week if teams directly above them win.
It’s going to take a lot more than one victory over the Bears to change things. The Packers must run the table following their bye.
Three of their games are at home with one on the road. They host the Los Angeles Rams, Minnesota Vikings, and Detroit Lions, with a road matchup against the Miami Dolphins on Christmas Day.
That’s the only part in Green Bay’s control. Win four out of four.
Along with that, some help will be required. Seven-win teams like Seattle and Washington will need to drop multiple games as Green Bay can finish no better than 9-8.
It would take a miracle for the Packers to be playing playoff football in January, but you never know. All they can do is win their games and hope for the best.
They are still, just about, alive in the NFC race.