Did the Green Bay Packers‘ season end after last week’s Thursday night defeat to the Tennessee Titans?
Having lost four in a row before Week 10, the Packers knew they needed to climb a mountain to get back into contention. It started well, with an overtime victory over the Dallas Cowboys.
That win looks even better now after the Cowboys crushed the Minnesota Vikings 40-3 on the road last week.
But the Packers were unable to back it up four days later, putting in a poor performance in a loss to the Titans. And, with that, their season could be over.
FanSided’s Matt Verderame believes so. He has the Packers falling to 20th in his latest power rankings.
“It’s over for the Packers. Time to start thinking about what the future looks like,” wrote Verderame.
Can’t disagree with that.
Green Bay needs to give backup quarterback Jordan Love some playing time.
Admittedly, it’s difficult to make the QB switch while the team is still in the playoff race mathematically. Giving up isn’t a good look.
But at some stage, the Packers do need to look ahead. And they’ll help themselves tremendously by giving Love a run of starts before the end of the regular season.
In just a few months, they will decide whether to exercise Love’s fifth-year option. For now, they would be basing that decision on one career start, in 2021 against the Kansas City Chiefs.
While Green Bay’s season isn’t yet officially over, it effectively is. Running the table looks like a near-impossible task with many challenging games on the schedule. Even then, it would take other teams to lose for the Packers to make the playoffs.
As Verderame wrote in his power rankings, Green Bay may soon need to “start thinking about what the future looks like.”