3 Most Likely Teams to Beat the Packers in the NFL Playoffs
For the first time since 2016, the Green Bay Packers are set to host a playoff game.
The Packers have shown flashes on both sides of the ball under rookie head coach Matt LaFleur, but ranking 15th defensively and eighth offensively in Football Outsiders' DVOA metric suggests that they're a bit of a vulnerable No. 2 seed.
These three teams could be the biggest threats to end the Packers' hopes of bringing home a fifth Lombardi Trophy this year.
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1. Minnesota Vikings (+850)
For this to play out, both the Packers and Minnesota Vikings have to take care of business in the Divisional Round. Considering the Seattle Seahawks are now just 3-4 in road playoff games under the duo of Russell Wilson and Pete Carroll, there's a solid chance that Green Bay can do its part. Minnesota's got a tough path, with a second straight road game on tap against the NFC's No. 1 seed this weekend. Consider, though, that Mike Zimmer is 2-1 in his last three playoff games as a head coach. San Francisco can't match the postseason experience the Vikings' roster boasts, and that could be the difference. Minnesota's road map to upsetting the Packers and ultimately playing for a Super Bowl title doesn't look near as daunting as the price tag suggests, as a second win over a top NFC contender would point to the Vikings being a serious threat to win the entire conference.
2. San Francisco 49ers (+195)
The San Francisco 49ers are being given the second-best odds to send the Packers home. San Francisco's second-ranked scoring offense and eighth-ranked scoring defense could be enough to overpower just about any opponent, even with their lack of playoff experience. If they get past Mike Zimmer and the Vikings, the NFC Championship would be played in Santa Clara, between the 49ers and a Packers team they knocked off 37-8 on November 24.
3. Baltimore Ravens (+800)
In order for the Baltimore Ravens to cash here, it would need to be in a Super Bowl win over Packers. Considering the Ravens are favored to win the Super Bowl, that's not too crazy an idea. The Packers are 4-point favorites in their matchup with the Seahawks, and should they win as favorites in that one, they would be just one win from this potential Super Bowl matchup. Favored so heavily to hoist the Lombardi Trophy, at that stage the Ravens would be a good bet to beat any NFC opponent, the Packers included.
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