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As we have surpassed the half-way point of the NFL season, the home stretch is soon to begin with playoff scenarios at the forefront. Generally a tight division, the NFC North appears to be a two-team race between the Packers and the Minnesota Vikings, barring some sort of epic collapse by the top contenders and a sudden surge from the Lions and Bears.

NFC North Standings

The Packers sit at the top of the division with a 7-2 record. Their only losses came against the Eagles at home and the Chargers in a lackluster effort on the road last week. Green Bay is in great shape overall having won all three division games and 4-1 in the conference. Their 21-16 victory over the Vikings earlier in the season is huge, considering the Packers have divisional games against the Bears, at Detroit and at Minnesota to close the season.

In Minnesota, the Vikings are coming off a tough 26-23 loss to the Chiefs on the road last week. They are 6-3 on the season, 5-2 in the conference but only 1-2 in the division. Although a game behind in the standings, the Vikings are actually two games back considering their earlier loss to the Packers. They have a tough game at Dallas this week, but have a favorable schedule coming down the stretch. They face three divisional opponents in the last four weeks, including the Packers, all at home where they are 4-0 this season.

The Lions sit at 3-4-1 and likely have little chance at making the post season. They are 0-2 in the division and 2-2-1 in the conference. The Packers defeated them at home 23-22 and the Vikings defeated them in Detroit 42-30. Detroit still has both divisional games remaining against the Bears, one against the Vikings on the road and the finale against the Packers at home. That final game could mean a lot in terms of playoff seeding, so it’s a dangerous game for the Packers with the Lions trying to play spoiler.

In Chicago, the Bears are in all kinds of trouble having lost four straight after a 3-1 start. At 3-5, they are 1-1 in the division and 2-3 in the conference. Still strong defensively, the Bears could be a dangerous opponent to play late, and much like the Lions, their role will be as a spoiler. The final game of the season against the Vikings on the road could determine playoff fate for the Vikings as well as the Packers.

This season will most certainly come down to the Packers and Vikings to determine the winner of the NFC North and likely a number three or perhaps two seed in the NFC playoffs. If the Vikings manage to defeat the Packers on December 23, the last weekend of the season likely will determine the division winner. Should the Packers win, the division should be theirs as they will have won both meetings between the teams this season.

With seven games remaining, there is much to be played, but the scenarios are pretty clear. The Packers or the Vikings will emerge as the NFC North champs for the 2019 season.

Allen Lazard reception against Lions

Oct 14, 2019; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Allen Lazard (13) catches a pass to score a touchdown in front of Detroit Lions cornerback Justin Coleman (27) during the fourth quarter at Lambeau Field. Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

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Ed Rooney

Just a guy with too much free time trying to help out.

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  1. PF4L November 8, 2019

    It’s a blessed glorious day. This is a day i fondly call Fuck it Friday.
    Half ass, half day, full pay. Life is good.

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  2. PF4L November 8, 2019

    We are (should be, as fans) fully aware of where the Packers sit. 7-2 record, 1st place and 3-0 in the division. not a bad place to be while playing with house money. At the end of the day, the Packers hold the cards and their fate this season being entirely, 100% up to them. excuses be damned.
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    Just looking at the surface with the Panthers coming to town.
    We are facing an offense rated 5 spots lower than the Packers, but scoring more at 26.1 PPG. The difference being 1.1 PPG, meh.
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    Ironically, the Packer defense conversely is rated 8 spots below the Panthers, but…..are giving up 4.5 PPG less than the Panthers. which to me is fairly substantial.
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    The Panthers have 2 weapons, Christian McCaffery obviously, and their league leading pass rush. If the Packers can contain one of them, they should win this game

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  3. Kato November 8, 2019

    Might want to double check that Packers Queens score

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    1. Jason Parker November 8, 2019

      Let the record show that I fixed that and didn’t clear the CDN cache after. Please direct any questions toward my lawyer and also Epstein didn’t kill himself.

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      1. PF4L November 9, 2019

        I don’t think Lawyers need to get involved my man. There are no anonymous whistleblower’s in here. As a matter of fact, you can keep making numerous mistakes, you can say the wrong things at the wrong time to the wrong person and we still come back. When you bought this site, and all the wealth that comes with it, you also got a loyal and forgiving fan base.
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        Lets cool it with the lawyer talk. I’ll trust i won’t have to come back in here and discuss this matter further.
        :)

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  4. Kato November 8, 2019

    Also, Jeffrey Epstein didn’t kill himself

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  5. NobodysBurfect November 9, 2019

    Whenever I read your articles, I hear the principal from “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”‘s voice in my head. He was an Ed Rooney too, though you’re better with football.

    “What’s the score?”
    “Nothing to nothing.”
    “Who’s winning?”
    “…the Bears.”

    And yeah, Epstein didn’t kill himself.

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