NFL Week 17 Picks: Why the Green Bay Packers Will Beat the Minnesota Vikings

Matthew WolfeCorrespondent IIIDecember 28, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 2: B.J. Raji #90 and Jerron McMillian #22 of the Green Bay Packers celebrate against the Minnesota Vikings during the game at Lambeau Field on December 2, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers won 23-14. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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As week 17 approaches, it is time for division rivals to face off and for the final regular season NFL picks to be made.

The NFC North will see its two top teams matched up, and many eyes around the NFL will be watching.

The Packers will face off against the Minnesota Vikings at Mall of America Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Sunday at 4:25 P.M.

The Green Bay Packers are fighting to save their first round bye while playing spoiler at the same time against the Vikings.

The first place Packers have more to play for than most people think.

A win over the Vikings would guarantee the Packers a first-round bye and at least one game at Lambeau field this postseason.

As for the Vikings, they guarantee themselves the No. 5 seed in the NFC if they can hold off Green Bay on Sunday.

However, if they are to fall to the Packers and the Chicago Bears defeat the Detroit Lions, they are bounced out of the playoff picture.

So you could say this game has some large implications.

Although the Packers will be on the road against a motivated and determined Minnesota team, they have to be the favorites to win this game.

The Packers are coming into this game on a four-game win streak and are playing some of the best football in the NFL right now.

While this game may seem like it means more to Minnesota, who is fighting for a playoff spot, this game means just as much if not more to Mike McCarthy and the Green Bay Packers.

A first-round bye and a guaranteed home game put the Packers in the driver's seat to the Super Bowl in the NFC.

The only potential road game that Green Bay would have to face is against the Atlanta Falcons, who haven't won a playoff game since 2004.

The Packers are aware that this is in fact their biggest game of the season and plan to play their starters for the duration of the game.

Another added incentive is that they will be playing spoiler to a divisional team trying to reach the postseason.

Expect the Green Bay Packers to bring their A game on Sunday and clinch a first round bye in the process.