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Packers have easiest remaining schedule among NFC North teams

Nov. 9, 2012
 

The Packers face a challenging schedule in the second half of the season.

Only one of the Packers’ remaining seven opponents has a losing record, and the cumulative record is a solid 34-26 (.567 winning percentage).

The good news for the Packers is that their three NFC North rivals all have tougher schedules down the stretch.

The first-place Chicago Bears (7-1) face seven opponents with a combined record of 40-27 (.609). Like the Packers, just one of the Bears’ final seven games comes against a team that currently has a losing record.

The Packers’ next opponent -- the Detroit Lions -- has a 4-4 record and is hoping to get back in the NFC playoff picture. The problem for the Lions is they face a brutal second-half schedule. Detroit’s remaining eight opponents have a combined 49-20 record, good for a .710 winning percentage.

Working in the Lions’ favor, however, is that five of their final seven games are at home.

The Vikings (5-4) also face a tough schedule over the final seven games. Their opponents are a combined 40-18 (.690 winning percentage).

Six NFC teams qualify for the playoffs, including the four division winners and two wild-card entrants. Here is a list of the NFC playoff contenders, in order of current seeding, and their remaining schedules:

1. Atlanta Falcons 8-0

At Saints (3-5)
Cardinals (4-5)
At Bucs (4-4)
Saints (3-5)
At Panthers (2-6)
Giants (6-3)
At Lions (4-4)
Bucs (4-4)
Opponents’ record: 30-36

2. Chicago Bears 7-1

Texans (7-1)
At 49ers (6-2)
Vikings (5-4)
Seahawks (5-4)
At Vikings (5-4)
Packers (6-3)
At Cardinals (4-5)
At Lions (4-4)
Opponents’ record: 42-27

3. San Francisco 49ers 6-2

Rams (3-5)
Bears (7-1)
At Saints (3-5)
At Rams (3-5)
Dolphins (4-4)
At Patriots (5-3)
At Seahawks (5-4)
Cardinals (4-5)
Opponents’ record: 34-32

4. New York Giants 6-3

At Bengals (3-5)
Bye
Packers (6-3)
At Redskins (3-6)
Saints (3-5)
At Falcons (8-0)
At Ravens (6-2)
Eagles (3-5)
Opponents’ record: 32-26

5. Green Bay Packers 6-3

Bye
At Lions (4-4)
At Giants (6-3)
Vikings (5-4)
Lions (4-4)
At Bears (7-1)
Titans (3-6)
At Vikings (5-4)
Opponents’ record: 34-26

6. Seattle Seahawks 5-4

Jets (3-5)
Bye
At Dolphins (4-4)
At Bears (7-1)
Cardinals (4-5)
At Bills (3-5)
49ers (6-2)
Rams (3-5)
Opponents’ record: 30-27

7. Minnesota Vikings 5-4

Lions (4-4)
Bye
At Bears (7-1)
At Packers (6-3)
Bears (7-1)
At Rams (3-5)
At Texans (7-1)
Packers (6-3)
Opponents’ record: 40-18

8. Detroit Lions 4-4

At Vikings (5-4)
Packers (6-3)
Texans (7-1)
Colts (6-3)
At Packers (6-3)
At Cardinals (4-5)
Falcons (8-0)
Bears (7-1)
Opponents’ record: 49-20

9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4-4

Chargers (4-4)
At Panthers (2-6)
Falcons (8-0)
At Broncos (5-3)
Eagles (3-5)
At Saints (3-5)
Rams (3-5)
At Falcons (8-0)
Opponents’ record: 36-28

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