The Packers topped the Bears in Week 1, their only NFC North matchup so far this season. Charles Rex Arbogast Associated Press

The Green Bay Packers couldn't add to their win total on Sunday since they were on a bye, but the rest of the division did little to keep pace.

While the Vikings established themselves as favorites to be the runners-up in the NFC North with a win over the Lions in Week 7, there's still a definite gap between the Packers and the rest of the pack, as Ryan Wood of Press-Gazette Media points out.

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The Packers return to action this week with 10 games to go. Their upcoming schedule presents some tough challenges, as their next two opponents -- the Broncos and the Panthers -- are both currently undefeated. After that, Green Bay plays four straight contests against NFC North opponents.

If the Packers can make it through this tough stretch unharmed, they'll be in prime position to earn a No. 1 seed in the NFC playoff picture. With that comes a first-round bye and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

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