Green Bay Packers
Green Bay may be one of the weakest (13-3) teams to clinch a first-round bye in NFL history.
The Packers won the NFC North over the Minnesota Vikings in Week 16, but the team’s three losses were ugly and difficult to overlook.
The first defeat came in Week 4 against the Philadelphia Eagles, when the Green Bay Packers lost 34-27 as quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw a game-ending interception at the goal line.
Next, they lost 26-11 on the road to the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 9, as the Chargers dominated the Packers and only allowed one touchdown, which came in the fourth quarter.
Finally, the San Francisco 49ers blew the brakes off the Packers 37-8 in Week 12, as Rodgers only threw for 104 yards and a touchdown.
And in the season finale, the Packers barely defeated the lowly Detroit Lions 23-20 to clinch a first-round bye in the playoffs.
Green Bay looks very vulnerable, similar to the New England Patriots, as Rodgers could be the main cog in whether the Packers can be a true contender.
But running back Aaron Jones, who has 1,084 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns, plus 49 receptions for 474 yards and three touchdowns this year, has been the best player on the roster and the Packers’ main offensive weapon.
Wide receiver Davante Adams has overcome injury to post another successful season with 83 catches for 997 yards and five touchdowns.
The defense allows 120.1 rushing yards per game, which is ninth-worst in the league, but their pass defense give up 232.6 yards per contest, which is 14th in the NFL.
But that defense may face the New Orleans Saints at home in the NFC Divisional Playoff and could face a potential one-and-done scenario at Lambeau.
These three teams, the New Orleans Saints, San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks will be the pool of teams that two NFC Championship foes come from.