It is an awful Monday in Wisconsin and although many Green Bay Packers fans have had three days to recover, it is hard to believe a team that was just obliterated on Thanksgiving Day by the Detroit Lions has any chance of making the playoffs. Although it seems unlikely sitting at 5-6-1, the Packers still are alive to make a playoff push. The only way that can happen is if the team does one simple thing: win out.
The Packers have four games remaining and are 1.5 games back of first place in the NFC North division. The only chance the Packers have of making the playoffs is to win the division. To do this, they need to win their last four games and hope the Lions and Chicago Bears struggle down the stretch. Let’s take a look at how this feat can be accomplished.
In the final four games, the Packers play two teams with losing records: the Atlanta Falcons (Week 14) and Pittsburgh Steelers (Week 16). Both of these games are at Lambeau Field and are winnable games if Aaron Rodgers returns. The Falcons are a depleted team that is looking for a high draft pick, and while the Steelers have gotten hot of late, they are still very inconsistent.
The other games for the Packers are on the road against the Dallas Cowboys (Week 15) before they finish up the season against the Bears (Week 17). If everything falls into place, that game could be for the division title.
All of the final four games for the Packers are winnable, but they must get healthy and realistically, it all starts with Rodgers. He spoke with reporters after the Lions game and said he hopes to play against the Falcons. If he can, it may just be the spark that the Packers need.
The Packers’ playoff hopes are slipping away with every game they struggle in, but with the Lions and Bears playing a tough remaining schedule, there is still optimism in Green Bay. A lot can happen in just four weeks, and the Packers should take a quote from Kevin Garnett and believe “anything is possible”.