The Green Bay Packers appear to be peaking at the right time. After struggling with some close losses earlier in the 2023 NFL season, the Packers are riding a three-game winning streak that has them in the thick of the NFC Wild Card race. The latest win came against the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs at home on Sunday Night Football in Week 13. Say what you want about officiating but QB Jordan Love and the Packers did enough to escape with an impressive win to improve to 6-6 on the season.
The Packers are now -230 to make the playoffs in the NFC and +185 to miss the postseason. Green Bay has won four of the past five games to get back into the playoff picture. Wins over title contenders the Detroit Lions and Chiefs have given the Packers new life this season after looking like a team playing for draft position. A lot of that is thanks to the play of Love, who has thrown eight TD passes with no INTs over the past three games.
The Packers have a pretty easy schedule down the stretch, which is why their odds to make the playoffs are at -230 on DraftKings Sportsbook. The Packers’ remaining opponents have a combined record of 20-40 this season. The Panthers are the worst team in the NFL, the Bears and Giants are both in the bottom third of the League. While the Bucs and Vikings are also in the playoff hunt, both are very winnable games. Green Bay has a chance to end the season on an eight-game winning streak. It feels like the worst-case scenario is finishing 3-2 in the final five games and going 9-8 on the season. The big matchup is vs. the Vikings, who enter Week 14 6-6.
Final record prediction: 10-7
NFC playoff standings following Week 13
As was mentioned above, the Packers have a pretty easy schedule and the tiebreakers line up in their favor. Even if the Packers were to lose games to the Bucs and Vikings, defeating the Giants, Bears and Panthers and finishing 9-8 puts Green Bay in a decent spot to make the playoffs. It seems unlikely the Packers will finish higher than the 6-seed in the NFC picture given how the Cowboys stand with five games remaining. As long as the Packers take care of business against the weaker teams, they’ll get in.