Following an embarrassing 37-8 loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday night, the Green Bay Packers fell to 8-3 on the season. This is the second devastating loss for the Packers in California this season, after losing to the Los Angeles Chargers, 26-11, in Week 9.
Still, tied atop the NFC North with the Minnesota Vikings, the Packers are a pretty safe bet to make the playoffs as at least a Wild Card team in head coach Matt LaFleur's first season at the helm. Once it comes down to "win-or-go-home" stakes, terrific quarterback play can carry even a mediocre team, and we know what Aaron Rodgers is capable of.
With that in mind, let's look ahead and consider which potential playoff teams Green Bay would least want to face in the 2019-20 NFL playoffs.
1. San Francisco 49ers
Green Bay simply doesn't match up well with the 49ers. San Francisco is a run-first team that uses a fullback, and the Packers are tied for fifth-worst in yards per carry allowed this season. Green Bay has also been the worst at covering tight ends over the past four games, surrendering 374 yards and two touchdowns, and George Kittle may be the best at the position. The 49ers would also likely have home-field advantage against the Packers, and they're already 5-1 so far this season in San Fran.
2. Seattle Seahawks
Most Packers fans still have nightmares from past matchups with the Seahawks. Whether it be the "Fail Mary" or the botched onside kick from Brandon Bostick, Green Bay has been on the wrong side of one too many matchups with Russell Wilson and Co. Seattle is another team with strong running game that could take advantage of one of Green Bay's biggest weaknesses. On top of this, big, athletic receivers that are known for running vertical routes, something that the Packers' Kevin King, who has allowed the most yards in the league by a cornerback (755), has lots of trouble defending against. Wilson and the Seahawks would likely attack those weak spots, making Seattle a tough out.
3. New Orleans Saints
The Saints have been screwed in the playoffs too many times for it to happen again this season, right? Even if they don't get the benefit of the refs, this Saints offense has too many weapons for the Packers to compete with. They have two talented running backs and arguably the best wide receiver in football in Michael Thomas, along with an athletic tight end in Jared Cook. Defensively, Marshon Lattimore is a true lock-down corner, and if he took Davante Adams away, there isn't another receiver that has proven to be of stepping up. Plus, playing on the road in New Orleans gives the Saints another decided advantage.
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