Is this Green Bay Packers team one of destiny?
Too early for such talk you say? No it’s not when you consider the regular season is coming to a close. Mike McCarthy said earlier in the year he thought this team, Team 93, is special.
That wasn’t just coach speak, that was Super Bowl talk. Despite Green Bay going 1-4-1 in their last six games, their lone saving grace has been that during that same stretch of six games Chicago and Detroit seem to have not wanted to win the NFC North, as they have gone 3-3.
PLAYOFFS MADE SIMPLE: Detroit losses one more game and the Packers win out, Green Bay wins the NFC North and Hosts a playoff game in the first round.
What an opportunity for both teams to get some separation and have a little breathing room right now, but that did not happen, and Green Bay could be the beneficiary of such gifts.
The ‘tie’ with Minnesota is going to be a blessing or a curse, with a higher percentage on the former if things fall right for the Packers.
Concerning Detroit and Chicago, they lose one each, the Lions go 2-1 the rest of the way and the Bears go 3-1, GB would win the NFC North and host a playoff game (if Packers wins out). To talk more intelligently, we have to wait for Chicago to be done with Monday Night football tonight.
A wildcard invite seems out of reach, so winning the division is paramount to getting into the Big Dance. Can Matt Flynn win in Dallas if Aaron Rodgers is a no-go?
He can, but it will take a team effort just like Sunday’s win over Atlanta, where the run game did just enough and the run defense and pass defense played their best games in weeks.
If Green Bay matches the play of the defense from Sunday’s second half resurrection, and Flynn and his receivers continue to get comfortable with one another, and the offensive line plays well, and the special teams coverage units play well, they fly out of Texas victorious.
It took a Team 93 effort Sunday, and it will take that again this coming Sunday (and from here on out) if the Packers plan to place their vacation plans on hold for a bit longer.