DETROIT - The Green Straight Packers' misfortune on Monday Night Football disposed of the chance of one sudden death round situation including the Detroit Lions, and in an odd way, it secured another.
Before Monday night's opening shot, it seemed like a sensible chance that the Lions and Packers could both completion the season 10-7 or 11-6. In the event that the Packers had beaten the Goliaths, they would have been only two games behind the Lions with a lot simpler timetable to complete out the season.
As I'll before long make sense of, the sudden death round could have come down to which group had a superior record against their "normal rivals." Presently, the main conceivable sudden death round between the two groups would be extremely simple
Here are the two focuses I will make beneath:
1. A tiebreaker based on "common opponents" is no longer an option for the Packers and Lions.
2. On the off chance that the Lions and Packers end the season with similar by and large record, the Packers will complete in front of the Lions.
How should 'normal rivals' sudden death round have become possibly the most important factor?
To set off the "normal adversaries" sudden death round, the Lions and Packers would have needed to wrap up with a similar by and large record, yet additionally a similar record inside the division.
The Lions and Packers previously split their two straight on gatherings, and the subsequent sudden death round is divisional record.
The present moment, the two groups are 2-2 against the NFC North with two games remaining - - the Lions play the Vikings two times while the Packers visit the Vikings and host the Bears. To move to "normal rivals," the Lions and Packers would have both needed to go 2-0 or 1-1 in those games.
Why that is no longer possible
Now that the Packers are 6-7, the two teams cannot finish with identical divisional and overall records.
Let's say that the Lions and Packers win their remaining NFC North games 2-0. The Packers can only theoretically win 10 games, while the Lions would win at least 11.
Imagine a scenario where the two of them go 1-1. Regardless of whether that was Detroit's just success and Green Cove's just misfortune in the last four games, the Lions would complete 10-7, the Packers 9-8.
On the off chance that the two of them go 0-2 in NFC North games, the Vikings are ensured to win the division in any case - - no Lions-Packers sudden death round important.
Tiebreaker would now be very clear-cut
The Packers and Lions still have a chance of finishing tied for first overall, but that would require one of the following two outcomes:
Green Sound goes 4-0 while the Lions go 1-3.
Green Sound goes 3-1 while the Lions go 0-4.
In both of these situations, the Packers would claim a preferable divisional record over the Lions, and in this way, they would complete ahead.
It just turned out that way. There could be at this point not a situation where the Lions end up attached with the Packers and win the NFC North
Normal rivals breakdown
So who might have won the "normal rivals" sudden death round between these two groups?
There would have been eight relevant “common opponents” between the two teams if divisional games had been played concurrently:
Las Vegas Plunderers
New Orleans Holy people
Los Angeles Chargers
Kansas City Bosses
Tampa Sound Pirates