With the playoff picture starting to come in focus, let’s take a look to see if an NFC North team can win the Super Bowl. We only have a few more regular season games to go.
Who’s In Contention?
The NFC North team has two teams in contention for a playoff spot: the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions. The Minnesota Vikings moved to 6-7 with a win but their chances of qualifying for the playoffs are highly unlikely. As for the Chicago Bears, they’re a write-off at 5-8. They’ve dropped seven of their last 10 games.
Can The Lions Win It All?
Conceivably, anything is possible but it’s hard to bank on the Lions going the distance these days. This is a team that has won two straight but at the same time, has proven to be a fairly weak road team. That’s important because the Lions aren’t likely to have home-field advantage in the playoffs unless the Green Bay Packers, who are in front of them, slip up. The Lions have a relatively easy schedule the rest of the way with a home visit from Minnesota next week and a road trip to Chicago, but unless they can beat the Packers in Green Bay in Week 17, they aren’t going to have home-field advantage in any of their playoff games.
Beyond that, Detroit hasn’t shown a strong ability to beat winning teams. Their wins have come against the New York Giants, New York Jets, Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints, Atlanta Falcons, Miami Dolphins, Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Dolphins are above .500 (7-6) and they did beat the Packers, but a lot has changed since then. Stay away from the Lions with your NFL picks on Super Bowl futures. They’ll be happy just to be in the playoffs.
Can The Packers Win It All?
With their four-game winning streak, Green Bay has climbed atop the NFC and maybe even the NFL. They’re a perfect 6-0 at home this season and that includes a win over the New England Patriots, who many previously considered to be the top team in the NFL. With Arizona faltering, the Packers have moved into the top spot in the NFC. It’s hard to believe that anyone outside of maybe Seattle will be able to win a January football game at Lambeau Field.
Aaron Rodgers is playing out of his mind these days and with the running game working with Eddie Lacy and the defense stepping up, this is the team to beat in the NFC. The Lions don’t beat elite teams, the Dallas Cowboys are flawed, the Philadelphia Eagles are using a backup quarterback, and the entire NFC South is a mess. The conference is up to the Packers and Seahawks. That’s why Green Bay is worth the investment.