Joyner: Packers can still win NFC North

Metrics and schedule reveal GB has playoff shot even without Rodgers

Updated: December 12, 2013, 10:33 AM ET

KC Joyner | ESPN Insider

Aaron RodgersMike McGinnis/Getty ImagesThe Packers need help, but they could reach the playoffs without Aaron Rodgers.

The Green Bay Packers are no strangers to taking the long-shot road to victory under the guidance of Mike McCarthy. They took this path in 2010 on the way to becoming only the sixth club in NFL history to win the Super Bowl after making the playoffs as a wild card.

With a 6-6-1 record and Aaron Rodgers possibly out for Week 15 and maybe even longer, it certainly looks as if it will take a similar long-shot path for the Packers to make the playoffs in 2013 (which likely would require them to win the NFC North). However, the truth of the matter is it won’t take a miracle for this to happen.

And if it does happen — and Rodgers is in the lineup for the postseason — Green Bay could be the most dangerous team in the NFC playoffs.

It all starts with the fact that every facet of this team has the ability to be dominant under the right circumstances.

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  • NFL and CFB analyst for ESPN Insider
  • Known as “The Football Scientist”
  • Uses proprietary metrics from game tape study

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