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Packers drop to No. 8 seed, but it's not time to panic

Nov. 6, 2013 11:15 AM
 
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The Packers' loss to the Falcons dropped them all the way down to the No. 8 seed in the NFC, and only the top 6 seeds qualify for the playoffs. The Packers (7-4) trail the Chicago Bears by one game in the NFC North, and are seeded lower than the New York Giants (7-4) and Tampa Bay (7-4) due to a worse record against NFC opponents. But with five games remaining in the regular season, there's plenty of time for the Packers to make up ground in the NFC race. The Packers play the 49ers (3-7) and Detroit Lions (2-9) in the next two weeks and if they take care of business, should have a 9-4 record heading into a tough final stretch that includes a road game against New England and home games against the Giants and Bears. Victories in four of their last five games would put the Packers at 11-5, which would in all likelihood be good enough to win the division. Chicago has tough remaining games against New England, the New York Jets and at Green Bay. If the Packers finish 3-2 down the stretch, that will put them at 10-6, which could also get them into the playoffs, either as a division champion or wild-card qualifier.  No one in the Packers locker room was panicking following the loss to the Falcons. Players remained confident this team would make the playoffs, and at this point there is no legitimate reason to believe otherwise. The Packers have won four of their last five games and gave the Falcons all they could handle in a hostile environment. This is no time for hysterical claims that the Packers' playoff prospects are in danger. Only if the Packers lose in either of their next two games would those worries be justified. For now, the Packers still look like a solid team with a playoff future.    Here is how the NFC playoff race shapes up: (Conference seedings) 1. Falcons 9-2 2. Bears 8-3 3. Eagles 7-4 4. Rams 5-6 5. Saints 8-3 6. Giants 7-4 7. Bucs 7-4 8. Packers 7-4 (Remaining schedules) FALCONS At Bucs (7-4) At Panthers (1-10) At Seahawks (5-6) Saints (8-3) Panthers (1-10) Opponents’ record: 22-33 BEARS At Lions (2-9) Patriots (9-2) At Vikings (4-7) Jets (9-2) At Packers (7-4) Opponents’ record: 31-24 EAGLES Texans (5-6) At Cowboys (3-8) At Giants (7-4) Vikings (4-7) Cowboys (3-8) Opponents’ record: 22-33 RAMS At Cardinals (3-7) At Saints (8-3) Chiefs (7-4) 49ers (3-7) at Seahawks (5-6) Opponents’ record: 26-27 SAINTS At Bengals (2-9) Rams (5-6) At Ravens (8-3) At Falcons (9-2) Bucs (7-4) Opponents’ record: 31-24 GIANTS Redskins (5-6) At Vikings (4-7) Eagles (7-4) At Packers (7-4) At Redskins (5-6) Opponents’ record: 28-27 BUCS Falcons (9-2) At Redskins (5-6) Lions (2-9) Seahawks (5-6) At Saints (8-3) Opponents’ record: 29-26 PACKERS 49ers (3-7) At Lions (2-9) At Patriots (9-2) Giants (7-4) Bears (8-3) Opponents’ record: 29-25

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