Common Records vs. Playoff Possibilities

Here is how the Packers fared against the teams who also played the Cowboys, Panthers and Cardinals this season. (Jeff Hanisch/USA TODAY)

If Dallas beats Detroit on Sunday, the Green Bay Packers will host the Cowboys next Sunday. If the Lions upset the Cowboys, then the Packers will host the winner of Saturday’s Arizona-Carolina game.

Here’s a look at how the Packers fared against common opponents.

Arizona (2-3)

Beat: Philadelphia, Detroit

Lost to: Seattle, Atlanta, Seattle

Green Bay went: 3-2 against those teams (beat Eagles, Lions and Falcons; lost to Lions and Seahawks).

Noteworthy: The victories, both at home, were by a combined 10 points with Carson Palmer at quarterback. All three losses came after Palmer sustained a season-ending knee injury.

Carolina (6-5)

Beat: Tampa Bay, Detroit, Chicago, New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Atlanta

Lost to: Seattle, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Minnesota

Green Bay went: 8-3 against those teams (beat Bears twice, Vikings twice, Lions Buccaneers, Falcons and Eagles; lost to Lions, Saints and Seahawks).

Noteworthy: The Panthers lost at Green Bay in Week 7, then had the five common-opponents losses in their next five games. They rebounded with road wins over the Saints and Falcons by a combined 62 points.

Dallas (4-1)

Beat: New Orleans, Seattle, Chicago, Philadelphia

Lost to: Philadelphia

Green Bay went: 3-2 against those teams (beat Bears twice and Eagles; lost to Saints and Seahawks).

Noteworthy: If there was one signature win by any team in the league this season, it was Dallas’ shocking 30-23 win at Seattle on Oct. 12. And if there’s one signature statistic this season, it’s the Cowboys’ 8-0 road record.

Bill Huber is publisher of Packer Report magazine and PackerReport.com and has written for Packer Report since 1997. E-mail him at packwriter2002@yahoo.com, or leave him a question in Packer Report’s subscribers-only Packers Pro Club forum. Find Bill on Twitter at twitter.com/PackerReport.


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