It’s not like Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay do not deserve the praise but the Lions also have an equally good chance of winning the NFC North Division. If both the Lions and Green Bay win their next three games (which is entirely possible). AND, if the Lions win the final game of the season against Green Bay–the Lions and Green Bay would have the same number of wins and losses. However, the Lions hold the tie breaker with the great number of wins head to head and within the division.
Previously, the Lions beat Green Bay 7 to 19 in September in Detroit, and if they beat them again, the division would go to the Lions although Green Bay would win a wild card spot.
TO BREAK A TIE WITHIN A DIVISION
If, at the end of the regular season, two or more clubs in the same division finish with identical won-lost-tied percentages, the following steps will be taken until a champion is determined.
Two Clubs – Head-to-head (best won-lost-tied percentage in games between the clubs) and Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the division.
Now, a word about the match up between the two clubs on December 28th in Green Bay. I don’t think the weather favors either team. Green Bay has not played demonstrably better in Green Bay weather in January losing both to the Giants in 2011 and the 49ers in 2013 in Green Bay. Green Bay also lost to the 49ers in SF in 2012 which tells me the Packers are susceptible to physical teams. Two of their three losses so far this season were against the Lions and the Seahawks both known for physical play. (They also lost to the Saints, but we are not known as a incredibly physical team.) The Lions and Seahawks were the most physical teams they have played.
As for the Lions, they have struggled offensively and lost two of the starters on the offensive line on Thanksgiving Day. This fact may affect them down the stretch as well as the ability to run the ball. But beating Tampa Bay, Chicago and Minnesota does not appear to be out of the realm of possibility. So there is a good possibility, the final game in the season between the Lions and Green Bay will be pivotal for their division as well as who the Saints might play in the dOMe.