With their seventh loss on the road this season, the Green Bay Packers’ playoff hopes are over.
It’s the second straight playoff-less season for the Green Bay Packers. It was another frustrating afternoon away from Lambeau Field for this team, a loss that not only ends their postseason hopes, but also secured the NFC North title for the victorious Chicago Bears.
Once again the Packers offense couldn’t find its rhythm.
Aaron Rodgers was under pressure for much of the game and was sacked five times. Rodgers threw for 274 yards, but had zero touchdowns and threw his first interception since Week 4, ending his NFL record-setting run of 402 pass attempts without a pick.
With this defeat, Green Bay is officially eliminated from playoff contention and drops to 5-8-1 on the season. The Packers are currently 10th in the NFC.
The Atlanta Falcons, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New York Giants and Detroit Lions are right behind at 5-9. The battle for a higher draft pick will be about the only story of interest to follow in the final two games of the season.
The offseason can’t come soon enough for this team. Just two games remain before the Packers make some important changes.
They need to find the right head coach to replace Mike McCarthy, someone who can fix the problems Green Bay has had on offense not just this season, but far too often since 2015.
With two first-round picks and plenty of cap room to work with, general manager Brian Gutekunst will have a busy offseason working on the roster.
Up next for the Packers is a road game against the New York Jets. Will Joe Philbin decide to rest some key starters like Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams?