As hard as it is to see the Detroit Lions on top of the division, they are the team that has stormed back from behind to win close games when it mattered. The Packers have one such game under their belt but with the loss to the Saints, the Lions go a game up.
But the Packers have opportunities ahead of them with their toughest second-half opponents having to come to Lambeau as the weather declines. The Eagles, Patriots, Falcons, and finally the Lions all have to travel to Green Bay down the stretch. The final game of the season could once again be loaded with meaning as final seeding is decided in the playoffs. This has been a season of shakeup, with the Cowboys having just lost to the Redskins and awaiting news on Tony Romo’s back injury. The NFC in particular is anybody’s conference and the Packers need to step up.
Hopefully a bye week sees the Packers regain their health and their taste for winning. We have to hope that Aaron Rodgers hamstring does not become one of the nagging injuries that hamstrings are notorious for being. With a healthy Rodgers, this team can still do great things. Especially when Eddie Lacy makes major contributions like he did against the Saints. But the Packers need to find the endzone early and often if they are going to beat good teams down the stretch.
All is far from lost Packernation. If the season ended today, the Packers would be expected to be a 6th seed, and we have done great things from low seeding in the past. But there is no doubt that this team needs to take a long look inside and begin to rise to the occasion against upper eschelon teams.
…And there will be plenty of good teams for them to prove it against…