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Do Oddsmakers Expect the Injury-Riddled Packers to Make the Playoffs?

When star quarterback Aaron Rodgers was carted off the field in the Green Bay Packers’ Week 6 contest with the Minnesota Vikings, the green and gold looked like their season was dead in the water. But as we enter Week 11, the Packers are still in the playoff hunt with a 5-4 SU record.

That’s caused Bovada to offer a prop on whether Green Bay will reach the promised land this year, with the YES option coming in at +110 and the NO available at a steeper price of -150. The last time the Pack missed the postseason was all the way back in 2008 – the first year Rodgers was named the full-time starter.

Green Bay’s fate rests in the hands of one man: Brett Hundley. A fifth-round pick in the 2015 NFL draft, Hundley was a relative unknown before Rodgers was diagnosed with a broken collarbone, but has been suddenly thrust into the spotlight.

After struggling against the Vikings and New Orleans Saints, the UCLA product held his own in a losing effort against the Detroit Lions before making some clutch Rodgers-esque throws in the fourth quarter to seal the win over the Chicago Bears in Week 10. Hundley finished with 212 yards and a touchdown while posting easily the best passer rating (110.8) and completion percentage (72 percent) of his young career.

With games against the Pittsburgh Steelers (Week 12), Carolina Panthers (Week 15) and Vikings (Week 16), it won’t be easy for Green Bay to make a playoff run, but if Hundley can continue to improve, it’s clearly still within the realm of possibility. Since Rodgers is on injured reserve, the earliest he can come back is against the Panthers if his collarbone heals properly (which is a big if at this point). Stranger things have happened in the NFL, though.

Simply put, if you think the Pack will once again make the big dance, the time to bet them is now.

Will the Green Bay Packers make the playoffs in 2017?

Odds as of November 15 at Bovada

  • YES +110
  • NO -150

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