NFC North Should Be Nervous
Even with such a lousy start, the Packers are only two games of out of first place in the very-weak NFC North. In fact, it would be very surprising if the Packers do not make this a horse race before the year ends. The first-place team in the North is Detroit. Besides the fact that they are the Lions and choking is what they do, the fact is that they have a tough schedule down the stretch. The Lions play three of their final five on the road. One of those road games is at Dallas, the best team in the NFL this year. Their final game is at home, but it’s against the Packers. It could be a very meaningful final Sunday of football for the NFC North.
The Vikings are the other team in the division that is above the Packers, and they are only one game ahead of them. If they lose to Dallas this weekend as they likely will, the Packers can draw even with them if they can win their home game against the Texans.
Next Two Weeks Will Tell the Tale
We will know for sure in the next two weeks if Green Bay is going to get back in the thick of things. They face their two toughest games left on their slate, and they are both at home. First, they have the Texans game. The following weekend sees the Seahawks come to Lambeau Field. If the Packers can take care of business at home, their last three games are at Chicago, home against the Vikings and at the Lions. If they can win out like Rodgers has been talking about, they will be in the playoffs.
They Can’t Do It Without Rodgers’ Magic
Without Rodgers playing like he did in Philadelphia, Green Bay has no shot of pulling this run off. They are simply too thin. They have had injuries all over the field this year, and they are without any superstar playmakers on offense right now. They need Rodgers to put together a string of great performances in order for them to get into the playoffs. With his magic touch, it would be foolish to bet against them.