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Packers 60-second rant: Playoff setup could really screw Green Bay

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By Dan Arkush

This week’s rant is a no-brainer. In addition to covering the Packers for Pro Football Weekly, I also cover the teams in the NFC Worst — I mean — West. As I suspect most of you know, the NFC West is a joke, and a bad joke at that.

As I type this, there is a very real possibility of a tie atop the NFC West a couple of weeks down the road between three teams with 7-9 records — the Rams, Niners and Seahawks (oh my God!).

It’s bad enough that one of these teams will even make the playoffs. What’s even more laughable, is that the NFC West titlist will get a home game in the first round of the playoffs.

Put simply, that’s frickin’ pathetic!

That’s especially the case when you look at the Packers’ current situation. In order to make the playoffs, they need to win their last two games against the Giants this Sunday and the Bears in the regular-season finale — no small feat to say the least.

I’ve watched every snap of every Packers game this season, and you can’t tell me that they are not at least one of the best 10 teams in the NFL. I mean, all six Green Bay losses are by four points or fewer, including their latest defeat to New England, the league's best team according to just about everybody.

The Packers’ point differential is plus-113. The best point differential in the NFC West belongs to the Rams, who have scored 37 points fewer than they have allowed. We all know that the Packers played their tails off on a national stage this past Sunday evening, coming, oh so, close to pulling off what would have been the upset of the year.

And what did the Rams, Niners and Seahawks do? They stunk up the field in losses to the far superior Chiefs, Chargers and Falcons, respectively.

While there’s been talk of the league coming up with a revised playoff formula to avoid the mess that currently exists, I doubt a change will be made. Advocates of the system in place will no doubt bring up the two supposed NFC West playoff weaklings in recent years — the Cardinals two seasons ago and the Seahawks two seasons before that — that caught postseason lightning in a bottle and somehow managed to make it to the Super Bowl.

I don’t care about how much things can change in the NFL’s “second season.” There’s no other way to put it. The Packers could get screwed big-time at the expense of an undeserved team from the NFC Worst.

And that’s just not right.

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