The Green Bay Packers didn’t play on Sunday but still won.

After losing to the Tennessee Titans on Thursday night, they would have to wait 10 days until their next game. Sunday Night against the recently struggling Philadelphia Eagles.

However, they only had to wait three days to find just how in the playoff hunt they still are.

Two of three NFC North teams lost on Sunday. With Minnesota losing to Dallas and Chicago losing to Atlanta. The Detroit Lions beat the NY Giants but are only a half game behind the Lions, with still a game to play in Lambeau come January.

In fact, looking at the actual playoff standings, you will see just how close Green Bay is to sneaking in.

Below are the NFC playoff standings (before Monday night’s matchups between San Francisco and Arizona). Placed by overall record as well as conference record:

  1. Philadelphia Eagles (9-1, 5-1)
  2. Minnesota Vikings (8-2, 6-3)
  3. Seattle Seahawks (6-4, 4-4)
  4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-5, 5-2)
  5. Dallas Cowboys (7-3, 6-3)
  6. New York Giants (7-3, 3-3)
  7. San Francisco 49ers (5-4, 4-2)
  8. Washington Commanders (6-5, 3-4)
  9. Atlanta Falcons (5-6, 4-4)
  10. Detroit Lions (4-6, 4-4)
  11. Arizona Cardinals (4-6, 3-5)
  12. Green Bay Packers (4-7, 3-4)

The Packers might be down following the loss to the Titans but have favorable games against the Bears Rams, Vikings (in Lambeau) and Lions on the schedule.

Even with games against both first place teams still on the schedule, Miami and Philadelphia, the Packers are finding an offensive identity with their running game and an emergence of rookie Christian Watson.

With an extended rest to prepare for the Eagles, with three of their remaining games at home, things are aligning themselves for the team to make a surge.

It may seem like a long shot but the Green Bay Packers really are that close to breaking into the playoff standings.

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