The Green Bay Packers have been a staple as one of the top teams in the NFL for the better part of a decade, but their reign of dominance in the NFC could be coming to an end.
After nine weeks, Green Bay (4-4) sat in third place in the NFC North, behind archrivals Minnesota (5-3) and Detroit (5-4). The green and gold are losers of two straight, and even though there’s plenty of time left in the campaign, many Packers faithful believe the sky is starting to fall above Lambeau Field.
The Pack, who are currently sitting on the outside of the playoff picture looking in, have reached the promised land in seven straight seasons while missing the postseason only once in the Aaron Rodgers era. Online shop [custom:bodog-link] is offering a prop on Green Bay making the playoffs, with the NO favored at -140. The YES option can be had for even money.
Green Bay’s offense usually operates like a well-oiled machine, but something is seriously off in Wisconsin right now. Mike McCarthy’s crew is averaging 24.8 points per game (11th in the NFL), 243.5 passing yards (19th) and 106.6 rushing yards (19th). The unit is putting up a minuscule 5.3 yards per play – 23rd in the league – which is the lowest ranking it’s had since Rodgers’ first season as a starter in 2008.
The Cal product is on pace to throw 10 interceptions, which would be his highest turnover rate since 2010. It’s not all doom and gloom, though. Rodgers is starting to turn things around, as the signal-caller has thrown 10 touchdowns and one pick in his last three games. Unfortunately for Green Bay, it wasn’t enough, as setbacks to the Atlanta Falcons and Indianapolis Colts have put the Packers’ playoff chances in danger.
Full disclosure: I am a huge Packers fan. I’ve been frustrated with the team for over a year now, but I’m not about to count them out just yet. Minnesota has fallen off a proverbial cliff since starting the year 5-0, and the Lions aren’t exactly known for their clutch late-season performances. A shot at Green Bay to make the playoffs is far from the worst bet you can make at this point.