The bye week proved to be a good one for the Green Bay Packers.
Not only did they get a chance to rest and recover ahead of an important four-game stretch to close out the regular season, but they also got some help from other teams.
Making the playoffs remains highly unlikely, but the Packers’ playoff chances actually improved without playing a single snap on Sunday.
The New York Giants and Seattle Seahawks both lost, missing out on the opportunity to pull another game clear of Green Bay.
So, how does it impact the Packers’ playoff chances?
Packers still unlikely to make playoffs, but chances improve
According to FiveThirtyEight’s updated projections, the Packers only have a five percent chance of making the playoffs.
That may not sound great, but it’s higher than last week. Considering they didn’t even play this week, it’s good news. Had Seattle and New York won, Green Bay’s playoff hopes would’ve gone down, not up.
But Sunday was a good day for the Packers.
They need the Seahawks to lose multiple games. Many would’ve hoped they would lose to the San Francisco 49ers, Kansas City Chiefs, and New York Jets in upcoming games, but few would’ve predicted a loss to the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. A tough schedule awaits them.
It’s a similar story for the Giants, who still have to play the Philadelphia Eagles and Minnesota Vikings in the final four weeks.
The bad news? The Packers also have tough games to come, with a Christmas Day matchup against the Miami Dolphins followed by a divisional showdown with the Minnesota Vikings.
But if they can run the table, they may have a chance of making the playoffs.
Sunday’s results helped their chances slightly. Now it’s over to Green Bay to win its remaining four games.