Ted Thompson hit a home run with Eddie Lacy, a hard-nosed runner who has given the team a new dimension. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

For Green Bay Packers fans, the party's at Lambeau this Sunday!

There won’t be many (but there are sure to be a few) Green Bay Packers fans dressed like this pair who showed up at Candlestick Park for the first game of the 2013 season, but expect Packers fans to be out in full force cheering on their team. Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports photograph

 

Do you think the Packers will make the playoffs?

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Alright, we all need to go back to the mindset of earlier in the season , when we all thought The Green Bay Packers (5-6-1) were Super Bowl bound. How do I know this? Because more than 640 of you told me so.

In answering some poll questions I asked you, the day before Aaron Rodgers’ injury, 87 percent of you said the Packers would finish at least 12-4. Green Bay was 5-2 at the time and riding a four-game winning streak.

Fifty percent of those said 13-3 or better! Sixty-two percent of you recently said the Packers would go at least 3-1 the rest of the way. So no one is giving up just yet, but Packers Nation seems scattered when we need to pull together, just as the team needs, too.

I personally recall looking at a team I thought was loaded with talent from top to bottom. A team with big strong guys at linebacker in Matthews, Neal, Perry and Mulumba. A deep secondary.

I saw a stud tight end, nice trio of receivers and a ROY candidate in Eddie Lacy.

I saw a quicker faster A.J. Hawk. A now-healthy Brad Jones and Jamari Lattimore are back. Up front the big question is whether Johnny Jolly (and the entire DL) recapture his/their first seven-game magic, which happened to get lost about the same time quarterback Aaron Rodgers went down.

Coincidence? It doesn’t matter. The only thing that does matter is ‘it is what it is at this moment,’ Our focus needs to get back on track just like the team needs to by getting back to the mentality we thought this team was earlier in the season.

Is it unfair to ask of ourselves what we are asking of them (Packers) to do?  Let’s all do it together. Rally the troops, win this game and maybe Detroit does its annual collapse but just later than usual, and we sneak in to the postseason, where it’s a whole new season!

In 2010 the Packers were road warriors @ Philadelphia, @ Atlanta and @ Chicago. All you need is an invite to the big dance, and unfortunately for Green Bay, they do not have a total say in the matter.

Others are now controlling their destiny because even if the Packers win all remaining four games, other teams need to lose at least twice over their remaining four games in order for Green Bay to get in.

So … all they can control is trying to win every game remaining on their schedule, and it starts this Sunday at Lambeau Field against the Atlanta Falcons (3-9).

Essentially the playoffs are here now for GB, so for them this is an elimination game. Let’s see if they play like it regardless of who is under center, and let’s see if we cheer like it, too.

Be sure and check out todays Sports Panel Podcast by clicking on…

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thepackerbackers/2013/12/05/the-sports-panel-show

 

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