Keidel: Lions-Packers For NFC North Title A Fitting End To NFL SeasonDepending on earlier games, the loser may well toil in winter purgatory, watching the very party they were four quarters from joining.
Black & Blue Division Turning PurpleThe Minnesota Vikings are set to solidify control of the NFC North and the long-dominant Green Bay Packers.
Green Bay Packers Inury Report: Rodgers, Lacy Probable For NFC Title GameThe Green Bay Packers listed both their starting quarterback (Aaron Rodgers) and running back (Eddie Lacy) on the injury report as limited participants in Thursday's practice. The team estimated that the two players would have been limited on Friday as well and gave both a probable chance to play on Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field in the NFC championship game. The Packers list four players on their injury report and the Seahawks list seven (two not injury related) on theirs.
Packers Ready For Rematch In SeattleThe Green Bay Packers played the Seattle Seahawks in Week 1 as the first game of the season. This week, the Packers will look to avenge their 36-16 loss in the opener. Both teams are different teams than in that first meeting, but Bovada sees the Seahawks as 7.5 point favorites at home.
Injury Report: Rodgers Probable To Play Sunday For The PackersThe Green Bay Packers begin their playoff season against the Dallas Cowboys Sunday at Lambeau Field and Aaron Rodgers will be a part of it. The MVP favorite quarterback has been nursing a strained calf to his left leg. The Packers list five players on their injury report and the Cowboys list 12 players on theirs.
Packers Look To Change Recent Playoff TrendThe Green Bay Packers have made the playoffs in each of the last three seasons since winning the Super Bowl. However, they have failed to get past the divisional round and have just one win in that time frame. The Packers want to change that fortunate this weekend. The last time the Packers and Dallas Cowboys played a playoff game at Lambeau Field was the famed Ice Bowl.
Team Grades: Lions Season Ends In DallasThe Detroit Lions had a lead in their playoff game against the Dallas Cowboys, but couldn't hold on for the win.
Blocked Kicks Are Reason For Concern For The Packers In the PlayoffsThe Green Bay Packers do not have many holes in their game as they enter the playoffs as the No. 2 seed in the NFC. However, one is their blocking in the kicking game. They allowed more combined blocked field goals, extra point attempts and punts than they had in the previous five seasons combined.
Bye Week Will Help Rodgers Get Healthy For Packers Playoff RunThe Green Bay Packers do not have to play this Sunday. That is a good thing as quarterback Aaron Rodgers will be able to get some extra rest before the Packers begin their run toward the Super Bowl. They will host one of three teams in the Divisional Round. Their opponent will be determined by the outcome of the Detroit Lions at Dallas Cowboys game.
Opponent Profile: Lions Prepare For Cowboys' Potent OffenseThe Detroit Lions have to face the Dallas Cowboys and their excellent offense, perhaps without Ndamukong Suh.
Keidel: From Frozen Tundras To A Helping Of HeinzThe NFC and AFC North titles will be fought for by iconic franchises, in sacred arenas; just 60 minutes of mayhem in old, cold NFL towns.
Silverman: Jets Must Find Success In 3-Week Journey Into NFC NorthThese three non-conference games should serve as a barometer for what can be expected throughout the rest of the season.