Legendary senior writer, Packers lead blogger & NFC North featured columnist jclombardi presents Packers news headlines.
1. Monday night, the Packers got their Christmas wish for help to get into the playoffs. The Baltimore Ravens beat the Detroit Lions 18-16. The lost dropped the Lions (7-7) into third place in the NFC North Division. Now the NFC North Division title is to be decided between the Packers (7-6-1) and the Bears (8-6).
2. Now the Packers control their destiny. If the Packers win their final two games including Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Lambeau Field and against the Chicago Bears in Chicago, they win the division.
3. After the stunning Ravens upset, Packers players cheered on twitter:
— TJ Lang (@TJLang70) December 17, 2013
Thanks @jtuck9 #preciateya
— Greg Van Roten (@GVR64) December 17, 2013
—Josh Sitton (@jsitton71) December 17, 2013Always fight til the end. #itsaGthang #packnation
— Johnny Jolly (@JJolly97) December 16, 2013
4. Meanwhile, Wednesday is the big day of the week for both QB Aaron Rodgers and WR Randall Cobb. .They will be medically evaluated to determine their eligibility to return to play for this season. Yes, the Packers really need them for two big games to win the division.
5. For further review of the Packers comeback victory over the Cowboys involving a tale of two halves, we strongly recommend Upon Further Review, Rating The Packers vs The Cowboys, and Baranczyk/Christl analysis: Supporting cast of playmakers triggers epic rally. This week, all three are very good reviews of the game.
6. No, the sticking to the run game will not beat either the Steelers and the Bears, but it will greatly help a balanced game plan for these two victories. Yes, rookie running Eddie Lacy should be the NFL's offensive rookie of the year.
7. In the Green Bay Press-Gazette, writer Rich Ryman has a good tour of the Packers' new first-rate players' facilities at Lambeau Field. They include a dining area, a weight room & a thirty yards indoor field walk-through sessions.