The Green Bay Packers must win their final four games of the regular season, and get some help, to make the playoffs.
Whether they get help from elsewhere will be irrelevant if they can’t win their own games.
The question is, can the Packers run the table?
Green Bay hosts the Los Angeles Rams in Week 15. It’s a Monday Night Football showdown, and a game the Packers will be expected to win.
They will then travel for their final road game of the season on Christmas Day against the Miami Dolphins. Following that comes games against the Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field.
Unfortunately, it’s hard to see Green Bay running the table. While it’s certainly possible, this team hasn’t put together a four-game win streak all season.
They have won two of their past nine games, and haven’t won two consecutive games since a three-game win streak from Weeks 2-4.
Even if they get past the Rams this week, their final three opponents have a combined win-loss record of 24-15.
Yes, the Dolphins have lost two in a row, but they are still in the mix for the AFC East title and are having a great season. They are 8-5.
The Vikings lost to the Lions at the weekend, but they are 10-3 and are guaranteed to finish ahead of the Packers. They also defeated Green Bay convincingly in Week 1. Minnesota needs one win or one Detroit loss to secure the NFC North title and a home playoff game.
The Lions have a losing record, but they have won five of their past six games, and that includes a win over the Packers. Their only loss in that time came against the Buffalo Bills, and that was a three-point defeat.
Yes, the Packers can run the table, but it shouldn’t be the expectation. A win over the Chicago Bears shouldn’t change that, nor should a possible victory over the Rams this week.
We can hope. Anything is possible. But it’s likely too much to ask from this Packers team.