Packers Playoff Hopes Hinge on Beating Seattle

Following the Green Bay Packers loss to the Washington Redskins, quarterback Aaron Rodgers said he believed his team could run the table.

Since then, the Packers have played two games and got two wins. But neither of those victories will mean anything unless Green Bay beats the Seahawks Sunday at Lambeau Field.

When it comes down to it and when it’s all said and done, the game against Seattle might be the most important of the season. Currently, the Packers trail the Detroit Lions by two games in the division and Tampa Bay by one game in the wildcard.

So it appears, that for the Packers to make the playoffs, Rodgers prediction will need to come true and Green Bay will need to finish 10-6.

The Lions play the Bears this week, followed by road games against the Cowboys and Giants, before a Week 17 showdown with Green Bay.

If the Packers beat the Seahawks, the Packers would still need to beat the Bears and Vikings and get a loss from Detroit to make Week 17 a division title game.

That’s a tall order in itself. Obviously, beating Seattle will be difficult. But winning in Chicago and at home against Minnesota won’t be a cake walk.

A loss to Seattle means the Lions would need to close two of three games to give Green Bay a shot and right now, that doesn’t seem likely.

No, the more and more you think about it, the more you see, Sunday’s game against Seattle is a must win.

If the Packers rise up at home and beat their rivals from the Northwest, it will be a great sign. A sign that this team has turned a corner and found a winning formula.

In recent weeks, it feels like it has.

A defense that couldn’t stop anyone, has allowed just 13.5 PPG the last two weeks. The pass rush has come alive and the run defense has at least been decent.

The secondary is playing better. Green Bay’s young corners like Damarious Randall, LaDarius Gunter and Quinten Rollins are gaining confidence and its showing as opposing passers have 194.5 yards the last two weeks.

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Morgan Burnett have made greater impacts. And believe it or not, Clay Matthews playing some in the middle, seems to have helped.

Offensively, Jordy Nelson has come alive and Davante Adams has made a big jump. But more than anything, Aaron Rodgers is back.

The two-time MVP has completed 60 percent of his passes and thrown multiple touchdowns in seven straight games. Right now, he has three straight games with a passer rating of over 100. He hasn’t thrown an interception since Tennessee and has seven touchdown passes in his last three games.

Like his team, Rodgers is battered and bruised, but also playing his best football of the season.

Head coach Mike McCarthy has always stressed getting 10 wins. In his eyes, when you do that, you can talk about the playoffs.

Green Bay is currently four wins away from that mark. But if the Packers, a 3-point home underdog, can upend Seattle, it will give them the momentum required to do exactly what Rodgers said they could — run the table.

And if you need any help with math, that would give the Packers 10 wins and in all likelihood a playoff berth.

The run started in Philly and continued against Houston. But unless the Packers keep it going against Seattle, they can all but kiss their playoff hopes goodbye.

 

 

chris peterson

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