Close Article Return to stream X
NFL

Why Green Bay Packers’ Fans Shouldn’t Panic Quite Yet

+Read full article
Why Green Bay Packers’ Fans Shouldn’t Panic Quite Yet

Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

The Green Bay Packers are 5-5 and in third place in the NFC North division. A three-game skid and an unknown return date for superstar quarterback Aaron Rodgers has everyone outside of the organization very nervous. With that being said, what is one big reason Packers’ fans shouldn’t panic quite yet?

Even though several players were filled with disappointment after the loss to the New York Giants Sunday afternoon, there still appeared to be an optimistic tone with a hint of confidence in the post-game interviews. The reality is Green Bay is only one game back of the Detroit Lions for first place in the division. It’s hard to believe that is even a possibility considering the massive amount of injuries the team has gone through in 10 games.

The Packers will have a great opportunity to apply pressure on the Lions with their Week 12 showdown against the Minnesota Vikings. Although it is technically not a must-win game, Green Bay must treat it as one because the road to the playoffs will only get bumpier from here on out. At the rate the Packers and the rest of the NFC is going the only way to punch a ticket to the postseason might be with a division title.

A victory over the Vikings will not come easy, especially if quarterback Scott Tolzien cannot take care of the football and the defense is unable to slow down Adrian Peterson. However, I have to believe the players understand the importance of a momentum-changing win against a division rival the week prior to the contest against the team that leads the division.

Detroit will have their hands full with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 12. A loss could make the game between the Packers and Lions on Thanksgiving very interesting, especially if the Chicago Bears lose to the St. Louis Rams this upcoming Sunday. Not to mention, I personally believe a win over Minnesota means there is a good chance Rodgers suits up for Thanksgiving.

Of course, this is all speculation. Nonetheless, it’s not crazy to think the cards could fall Green Bay’s way the next two weeks, which would allow the Packers to take their rightful seat at the top of the NFC North division.

Michael Terrill is a Senior Writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @MichaelTerrill, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

Your Favorites
 
 
Close Article Return to stream X
NFL Videos

Cardinals' Palmer Hits Fitzgerald For Huge Gain

Following a shocking hail Mary touchdown at the end of regulation by the Green Bay Packers, the Arizona Cardinals immediately went down the field in overtime with this huge completion from Carson Palmer to Larry Fitzgerald. This game has been unbelievable.

Comment 0 Comments
 
 
Close Article Return to stream X
NFL Videos

Watch Fitzgerald Send Cardinals To NFC Title Game

I pronounce this the greatest game I've ever witnessed. There aren't enough words to describe the ebbs and flows that occurred during the fourth quarter of this NFC Divisional Playoff. Both teams should be proud of the way they played, but the Cardinals will be the ones moving on after this Larry Fitzgerald touchdown.

Comment 0 Comments
 
 
Close Article Return to stream X
NFL Videos

Watch Packers Complete Hail Mary As Time Expires

You have got to be kidding me! The Green Bay Packers sent the game to overtime with this insane Hail Mary completion. What are Patrick Peterson and Justin Bethel doing so deep in the end zone. This game has been absolutely insane.

Comment 0 Comments
 
 
Close Article Return to stream X
NFL Videos

Watch Cardinals' Palmer Throw Ugly Interception

For someone who played like a MVP all season long, Carson Palmer has looked anything but tonight against the Green Bay Packers. If he doesn't redeem himself in the fourth quarter, the No. 2 seed Arizona Cardinals will be sitting at home watching the playoffs with the rest of us next week.

Comment 0 Comments
 
 
Close Article Return to stream X
NFL Videos

Packers' Lacy Needs Oxygen After This Run

Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy doesn't look like he's missed any meals recently, if you catch my drift. Despite the extra weight he's carrying around these days, Lacy was able to bust out into the open field for this huge 61-yard run.

Comment 0 Comments