The Packers had to go to Minnesota and get a win to keep pace with the Detroit Lions. And lo and behold, the Lions lost to the Patriots in big fashion. This sets up a Clash of the Titans so to speak as the Patriots travel to Lambeau next week and the Packers require this game to make not just a statement, but also to put the pressure on the Lions to run the table and give themselves a chance in the last game of the season. Green Bay is now, officially, the NFC North first place team.
The Packers game against the Vikings was one in which the Vikings seemed to show all the emotion while the Green and Gold was all business. The game ended up being a close one and hopefully one in which the Packers ask themselves where their pass rush went and why Jordy Nelson got shut down. But a win counts as a win and so Green Bay hosts New England with a lead in the division.
One thing that bothers me about the upcoming game against the Patriots is the fact that Green Bay still seems to have no answer for good tight ends in the league. Rob Gronkowski could be of particular concern in this upcoming, critical game. And though the Packers did an admirable job against the run, the Patriots also have now a couple of running backs who could be factors.
If, on the other hand, the Packers can keep feeding the ball to Eddie Lacy and keep him running North and South, and can get Jordy going early in the next game…they should be able to keep this one within reach. The Packers have been stellar at home and how important that home-field advantage will be in this game.
Tom Brady is not as young as Teddy Bridgewater which is a good and a bad thing. Tom will not make poor reads and miss passes, but at the same time he will be unable to get first downs with his feet as we saw Bridgewater do today. Green Bay will have a test to be sure.
So the Packers have passed another test and look to host and even bigger one this upcoming week. But if they can get it done…the sky is the limit for this Packers team.