This is going to be a weak argument. I’ll forewarn you. Following is the remaining schedule for the NFC North.
- Packers: Houston, at Jax, at Chicago, Detroit
- Vikes: at Det, at Arizona, Atlanta, NY Giants
- Bears: Jax, New Orleans, GB, at Houston
There is one key factor right now, that may eventually play in favor of the Pack. If the Packers win against the Bears AND Detroit and win either or both of the other games, they would be in the best position for the divisional tie-breaker (MN and Chi would presumably finish 4-2 in the NFC North and GB would be 5-1 – and the Pack would already beat the Bears in head-to-head). Should the Pack tie for the NFC North’s best record at 9-7 or 8-8, the Pack would still have a chance to move on. Yes, not too likely right now, but there is still a chance.
Perhaps a more compelling reason the season may not end Dec 28th though, is that the Vikings have Frerotte and Childress. Last year, I spent much of my time ripping on Eli Manning only to have him put it in my face big-time in the NFC Championship and then the Super Bowl. And I have been ripping steadily on Childress and Frerotte this year so a very small part of me worries that I’ll be made to eat crow again. But the difference is that we’re talking about Childress and Frerotte. While Adrian Peterson and the Vikes’ D-Line do run interference with my hope for a massive late-season Vikings collapse…again…Frerotte and Childress restore that hope. Add to it the Vikings’ long history of choking and I’m getting foolishly excited again suddenly. Ok not really, but I’m not giving up just yet.