Thursday Night Football will feature two teams that have dug themselves into a hole. For the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks this is pretty much a must-win game. The loser won’t be mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, but any realistic shot will be gone.
For the Packers, they’re looking up at the Bears (6-3) and Vikings (5-3-1) in the division. They currently sit as the seventh seed in the NFC. The Wild Card teams are currently Carolina (6-3) and those Stinkings.
Even right now, it seems the Packers are looking at the sixth seed as very possibly the best outcome.
If the Packers lose to Seattle, they drop to 4-5-1. The Seahawks would then leapfrog them at 5-5. There are several other 4-5 teams that could jump in front of the Packers too. Dallas, Philadelphia and Atlanta all sit at 4-5.
In terms of the division, the Packers could be sitting two game behind the Vikings with a loss. Of course, they play the Vikings next week, but the Packers would likely have to win out for a shot at the playoffs.
Hey, how about another run the table!?
Who cares about Seattle, but if they drop to 4-6, they would also very likely have to win out for a shot at the playoffs. The Rams have all but formally locked up the NFC West.
As far as the rivalry goes, the Packers have won three straight. However, all of those games were in Lambeau Field. Seattle has beaten the Packers in three straight at CenturyLink Field. We know what two of those games were. The NFC Championship debacle and The Fail Mary.
Somebody is going to be saying this after the game.