The Green Bay Packers enter the final quarter of the regular season with a record of 9-3. The Packers own a three game lead over the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC North, and trail only the New Orleans Saints (10-2) in the race for the top-seed in the NFC playoff picture.
What lies ahead for the Packers is a cluster of sub-500 teams wrapped around the AFC South division-leading Tennessee Titans (8-4).
Game one of the final four will take place Sunday afternoon against the Lions in Detroit.
“I’m not saying it’s a trap game,” ESPN Milwaukee’s Jen Lada tells Wisconsin’s Afternoon News. “You can’t overlook an opponent to get to the next one, even though we’re all most excited to see the Titans.”
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The Packers are 2-2 against teams currently .500 or better. Wins have come against the Vikings and Saints, with losses against the Buccaneers and Colts.
The Lions (5-7), Panthers (4-8) and Bears (5-7) will all have their shot to disrupt the Packers post-season positioning, but will likely offer little resistance to the Packers potent offensive punch. The lone pre-playoff measuring-stick game on the Packers schedule will take place Sunday, December 27th at Lambeau against Matt LaFleur’s former employer.