Winning is the only option from here out for the Green Bay Packers.
The bye week gives them an opportunity to self-scout and get healthy ahead of four huge games to close out the regular season.
It’s effectively playoff time in Green Bay. One loss would likely end any remaining playoff hopes.
To make the postseason, the Packers must defeat the Los Angeles Rams, Miami Dolphins, Minnesota Vikings, and Detroit Lions.
Can they do it?
Week 15: Green Bay vs. LA Rams
The Los Angeles Rams will be without Matthew Stafford, and it’s unlikely Cooper Kupp will return in time for this game. The Packers will likely be playing against a Baker Mayfield-led Rams offense.
A lack of production with the run game has hurt Los Angeles’ offense, leading to a surprising 3-9 record.
At Lambeau, this is a game even a struggling Packers team should win.
Prediction: Green Bay 24, Los Angeles 17 (6-8)
Week 16: Green Bay at Miami
This is arguably Green Bay’s toughest remaining game on the schedule. It’s also its final road game of the season.
The Packers need a Christmas Day victory to keep their playoff dreams alive. Unfortunately, I just don’t see it happening against a Miami Dolphins team competing for the AFC’s top seed.
Prediction: Miami 27, Green Bay 17 (6-9)
Week 17: Green Bay vs. Minnesota
The Minnesota Vikings will already have the NFC North title wrapped up by this point, but they may still have the NFC’s top seed in their sights.
If Green Bay is out of contention, will Jordan Love get an opportunity?
In any case, the Vikings win at Lambeau.
Prediction: Minnesota 21, Green Bay 17 (6-10)
Week 18: Green Bay vs. Detroit
A rough season comes to an end in Week 18, but the Packers do close it out with a win. And let’s be positive: Jordan Love impresses with three touchdown passes to give fans hope entering the offseason.
Prediction: Green Bay 27, Detroit 24 (7-10)