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Packers could clinch playoff spot this week

As we discussed Monday, the Green Bay Packers are at least a couple weeks away from being in position to clinch the NFC North, much less secure the NFC's No. 1 seed for the playoffs.

They can, however, win a playoff spot by the end of the week if any of these scenarios occur:

I'll let you judge whether any of those scenarios are likely. Without mentioning any names, I'm going to say Option No. 2 represents the Packers' best opportunity. Don't forget to get familiar with ESPN.com's Playoff Machine if you haven't already.

(Hat tip to Michael Signora of NFL for these scenarios.)