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NFL playoff picture: Who to root for in Week 16 if you are a Green Bay Packers fan

Week 16 is here and the Green Bay Packers are on the outside looking in at the 2024 playoff field. Who should Packers fans root for to help their chances?

Jayden Reed #11 and Jordan Love #10 of the Green Bay Packers celebrate a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during a game at Lambeau Field on December 17, 2023 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images

The Green Bay Packers took a tough home loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 15. Baker Mayfield went off for 381 yards and four touchdowns in a 34-20 win that dropped the Packers to 6-8 on the season. They were officially eliminated from NFC North contention and dropped into 11th place in the NFC standings.

Green Bay still has a shot at the playoffs, but they’ll need to beat the Carolina Panthers in Week 16 and start getting some help. They can’t be eliminated from playoff contention this weekend, but they need other teams losing. here is a look at games Packers fans will want to pay attention to on Sunday.

Result: The Packers won a close one over the Panthers 33-30. It was a must win to take them to 7-8, tied with three other NFC teams in the win-loss columns. Right now that puts them at 10th in the playoff standings. They will need to win out and hope the Seahawks and Rams lose.

Saints vs. Rams

This was a win-win or lose-lose situation for the Packers. Barring a tie, they were guaranteed one team would drop closer to them, but they were also guaranteed one team would put more pressure on them. The Rams won 30-22, improving to 8-7 and dropping the Saints to 7-8.

Colts vs. Falcons

Result: Falcons beat the Colts 29-10, which is not good for the Packers, as they are tied in the win-loss column, but the Falcons hold the tiebreaker.

The Packers and Falcons are tied, but Atlanta has the head-to-head tiebreaker. It’s a simple one with Green Bay rooting for Indianapolis.

Atlanta is a 2.5-point favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook.

Lions vs. Vikings

Result: Lions beat the Vikings 30-24. This game went the way it needed to for the Packers. They’re still behind them due to the tiebreaker, but face them in Week 17.

The Vikings are a game up on the Packers and Green Bay gets one more crack at them in Week 17. The Lions are no longer within reach for the Packers, so this is a simple choice.

Detroit is a field goal favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook.

Seahawks vs. Titans

Result: Seahawks beat the Titans 20-17. The Seahawks keep their one game lead in the playoff standing on the Packers with a win.

The Seahawks have a one-game lead on the Packers, and have a two-win edge in the conference record tiebreaker. This is a straight-forward rooting interest.

Seattle is a 3.5-point favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook.

Jaguars vs. Buccaneers

Result: The Buccaneers beat the Jaguars 30-12. The Packers will need to find another avenue to make the playoffs, as they already lost to the Bucs

The Bucs lead the NFC South, but if they were to slip out of first, they move into competition with the Packers. Tampa Bay has the head-to-head win over Green Bay, so the Packers need multiple Bucs losses.

Tampa Bay is a field goal favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook.