It’s probably overstating the case that the Green Ba Packers will be playing arguably their biggest game of the 208 regular season today.
After all, even if the Packers lose to the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field in Green Bay today, they’d be 1-1 for the season with 14 more games to be played.
Yet, the Packers could significantly help themselves by disposing of the Vikings, who have been pegged as the favorites to win the NFC North and deemed legitimate Super Bowl contenders by many of the so-called pigskin experts.
That’s because the Packers (1-0) could put some serious separation between them and the Vikings (1-0) over the next three weeks. After today’s Vikings’ game, the Packers will play at Washington, host the hapless – and I mean hapless — Buffalo Bills and then travel to Detroit. Coach Mike McCarthy’s Packers should be the prohibitive favorite in all three of those games.
The Vikings, on the other hand, will take on the hapless Bills next week, before having brutal back-to-back encounters on the road against the Los Angeles Rams and Philadelphia Eagles. The Rams are a viable NFC Championship contenders, while the Eagles, in case you missed it, are the reigning Super Bowl champions. It’s quite conceivable the Vikings could go 1-2 in that three-game stretch.
So, under the aforementioned scenario, the Packers could conceivably hold a huge three- game lead over the Vikings in the NFC North by Week 5 and clearly be in the driver’s seat to win the division title.
Prediction: Packers 23, Vikings 20