The Green Bay Packers enter their bye week on a good note. Victory over the Chicago Bears always feels good, no matter how bad the rest of the season may have gone.
But the reality is Green Bay remains a long way back on the playoff spots and still has a mountain to climb.
As a result, the Packers have only climbed one spot in the latest NFL Spin Zone power rankings for Week 14.
Packers climb one spot in Week 14 power rankings
The Packers have moved up to 21st in NFL Spin Zone’s power rankings for Week 14. They were 22nd a week ago after losing to the Philadelphia Eagles.
“The Green Bay Packers might not be very good this season but Aaron Rodgers does still own the Chicago Bears,” wrote Randy Gurzi in the power rankings.
Hard to argue with that.
Beating the Bears doesn’t tell us a whole lot about this team. Chicago’s defense has been struggling for weeks.
If Green Bay is to make a serious playoff push in the final four games of the season, it will need to use the bye week to make some adjustments. Whether it’s a change of approach on defense or some fresh ideas on offense, the Packers need to be at their 2020 best when they return from the bye.
That will give them an opportunity to turn things around and make an unlikely playoff run.
But it’s unlikely for a reason. This team has been nowhere near good enough in 2022. Even when they put in a good performance, it’s usually followed by a poor one.
They might be able to beat a struggling Los Angeles Rams team without Matthew Stafford and Cooper Kupp, but it won’t be so easy against the Miami Dolphins and Minnesota Vikings.
Green Bay is still in the playoff race, but for how much longer?