Hanging by a thread are the Green Bay Packers’ playoff hopes following a fourth straight defeat.
Not since Aaron Rodgers‘ first year as a starter have the Packers dropped four straight. That season was also the last time Green Bay failed to reach the postseason, eight long years ago.
Yet after an encouraging 3-1 start to the season, the Packers have dropped five of their past six, placing them above only Chicago and San Francisco in the NFC. Sunday’s loss was Green Bay’s 13th in their past 22 games.
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Slow starts, poor defense and inconsistent offense can all be blamed for the team’s struggles this year. All three phases of the game have been below standard, and that’s far from a successful formula to win football games.
Detroit and Minnesota both won this past week, the two tied for first in the NFC North at 6-4. A huge Thanksgiving Day showdown at Ford Field awaits as they wrestle for the division lead. Green Bay will travel to Philadelphia next Monday night three games behind Thursday’s winner.
What takeaways are there from yet another setback? What was learned in Green Bay’s humbling at FedExField?