BBAO: Packers' postseason hopes

We're Black and Blue All Over:

How tough have the Green Bay Packers made it on themselves to reach the playoffs? As Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette points out, the Packers could win the remainder of their games, finish 11-5 and still not clinch a wild-card berth. (It's a topic we considered earlier this month.)

How could that happen? It's a long story, but here's the bottom line: The Chicago Bears would win at least two of their final three games to clinch the NFC North. The New Orleans Saints (10-3) would clinch the No. 5 playoff spot and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-5) would clinch the No. 6 spot, winning a tiebreaker with the Packers because of a better conference record. And that's assuming the Packers start their final three-game run with a victory over the red-hot New England Patriots Sunday night, a game that quarterback Aaron Rodgers (concussion) is uncertain to play in.

With three weeks remaining in the 2010 season, there are still many possibilities. You can fiddle with them yourself in ESPN.com's Playoff Machine. But I think you'll be hard-pressed to find many easy paths to the postseason for the Packers.

Continuing around the NFC North: