Green Bay Packers Hold Critical Tiebreaker Advantage Over The Minnesota Vikings

The Green Bay Packers might want to send holiday cards to Russell Wilson, Pete Carroll and the rest of the Seattle Seahawks.

All right, maybe not.

But when the Seahawks defeated Minnesota, 37-30, Monday night, it put the Packers in complete control of the NFC North.

Green Bay is 9-3 overall and holds a one game lead over Minnesota (8-4). The teams meet again on Dec. 23, and even if the Vikings win that night, it won’t be enough for Minnesota to leapfrog Green Bay for the division lead.

That’s because the Packers hold a critical tiebreaker edge over the Vikings.

Let’s examine the tiebreaker procedure:

1.   Head-to-head — The Packers defeated the Vikings, 21-16, back on Sept. 15. Minnesota could pull even in this category by defeating Green Bay in Week 16.

2.   Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the division — Green Bay is currently 3-0 in the NFC North, while the Vikings are 1-2. So even if Minnesota defeats Green Bay in the rematch three weeks from now, the Vikings need the Packers to lose another game inside the NFC North.

In addition to the Minnesota game, Green Bay’s remaining two divisional games are home with Chicago on Dec. 15 and at Detroit on Dec. 29. If the Packers win those two games — and their home game with Washington on Dec. 8 — they would win the division regardless of what happens in Minnesota on Dec. 23

The rest of the tiebreakers look like this:

3. Best won-lost-tied percentage in common games

4. Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the conference

5. Strength of victory

6. Strength of schedule

7. Best combined ranking among conference teams in points scored and points allowed

8. Best combined ranking among all teams in points scored and points allowed

9. Best net points in common games

10. Best net points in all games

11. Best net touchdowns in all games

12. Coin toss

New Orleans currently leads the NFC with a 10-2 record and Seattle (10-2) is the No. 2 seed. Green Bay, Dallas (6-6), San Francisco (10-2) and Minnesota round out the current playoff field.

Yes, one quarter of the season still remains, and a good deal of movement can still take place. But there’s no question the Seahawks did the Packers an enormous favor Monday night.

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I have covered the Green Bay Packers for several media outlets since 2001, including the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s “Packer Plus” and currently Conley Media. I have a