We are heading into the final week of the regular season and two NFC North teams have everything going their way, but the other two are just crawling to the finish line. Each of the NFC North teams will be facing a division opponent, but there’s one game everyone has their eye on that has huge implications in the playoff race.
Here are the NFC North Power Rankings after Week 16.
Green Bay Packers (12-3)
One of the hottest teams in the NFL is the Packers, and they continue to keep on rolling. The Packers are getting hot at the right time as Aaron Rodgers has arguably solidified himself as the league’s MVP, the running game with Aaron Jones, Jamaal Williams and A.J. Dillon has been dangerous, then the defense has stepped up after a tough first half of the season. After a 40-14 win over the Tennessee Titans, the Packers will be looking to clinch the No. 1 seed against the Chicago Bears in their final game of the season. Also, the Packers will have the opportunity to pad Rodgers’ case for the MVP and a chance to knock out their rival from postseason contention.
Chicago Bears (8-7)
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After the six-game losing streak, who would have thought the Bears would have been in this situation? Well, here they are with a chance to secure the playoff spot following a loss by the Arizona Cardinals and a 41-17 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 16. Now, it’s very simple for the Bears: win and you’re in. It’s going to be tough as they will take on the Packers, who need the win to secure the No. 1 seed. If the Bears are unable to pull off the upset, Chicago will have to rely on Rams backup quarterback John Wolford to beat the Cardinals.
Minnesota Vikings (6-9)
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It was an embarrassing performance by Vikings as they had a tough time stopping Alvin Kamara in a 52-33 loss. The Vikings had no answer for New Orleans' offense as the short-handed Minnesota defense gave up 583 total yards to the Saints and six touchdowns to Kamara. The Saints were able to average 8 yards per play. However, the Vikings' offense did as much as they could to keep up with Kamara and the Saints. The killer for the Vikings was their failure to capitalize on Drew Brees' two interceptions. The Vikings will look to close out their long season with a win against the Detroit Lions.
Detroit Lions (5-10)
Well, just when you thought you couldn’t have a more embarrassing game than the Vikings', the Lions say, “whatever you can do, I can do better.” The Lions suffered a brutal 47-7 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but they were without the majority of the coaches due to COVID-19 and saw QB Matthew Stafford leave due to an ankle injury. Nonetheless, it was a day to forget for the Lions and their fans. The good news is that there’s one game left in the regular season as they’ll take on the Vikings at home, then they can just focus on their general manager and head coaching search.