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Da Bears (8-3) now lead the Packers (7-4) by one game in the NFC North again, by virtue of their win against the Vikings at Soldier Field on Sunday, and the Packers loss to the G-Men. But if the Bears lose to the Packers later again this season, that will give Green Bay, a big step forward in winning the division.
Of the five games the Packers still have remaining on their schedule, four of those games are against NFC North opponents, in fact. It starts this Sunday versus the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field.
The Packers will play three of their remaining games at home in Green Bay, where the Packers are 4-1 this season. The only road games the Packers play down the stretch will be at Chicago and Minnesota.
Playing NFC North opponents bodes well for the Pack. The reason? Aaron Rodgers.
Against the Vikings, Rodgers has thrown for 2,189 yards, 19 touchdown passes and just three picks for a 116.5 quarterback rating. Rodgers is 5-3 lifetime against the Vikes and has won the last four meetings between the two teams.
The Packers play the Lions in two weeks at Lambeau Field. The Packers have already beaten the Lions in Detroit, and Rodgers has his way against Detroit too. Rodgers is 7-1 lifetime against Detroit, and has thrown for 2,112 yards, 18 touchdown passes and just five interceptions.
Oh yeah, the Lions haven't won in the state of Wisconsin since 1991.
The Packers will play the Bears the week after the Detroit game at Soldier Field. Rodgers has good fortune against the Bears as well. Rodgers is 7-2 against Chicago in the regular season, plus won the 2010 NFC Championship Game at Soldier Field.
In terms of his regular-season stats against the Bears, Rodgers has thrown 16 touchdowns compared to just six interceptions for 2,195 yards.
Jay Cutler of the Bears, on the other hand, is just 1-5 (regular season) against the Packers and has thrown seven touchdown passes compared to a whopping 15 picks for 1,303 yards.
Bottom line, history and Rodgers' track record against NFC North opponents, both say the Packers should be able to win the division.
That will ensure at least one home playoff game at Lambeau Field in the NFC playoffs. Even if the Packers win the NFC North, it appears that the Pack will most likely be only a No. 3 seed, which means playing Wild Card weekend.
That scenario might actually work out better for the Packers, based on their success in the 2010 postseason (4-0 and winning Super Bowl XLV), and their lack of success in the 2011 postseason (0-1, and having a bye week because they were the No. 1 seed).