The Green Bay Packers need four straight wins to get into the playoffs.
But considering this team hasn’t won consecutive games since Weeks 2-4, why should we have confidence they can run the table? Especially with a tough schedule to come.
Well, it’s unlikely. The Packers aren’t expected to win out. But when you look at each game individually, there is at least one reason to believe they can get the victory.
So, what reasons are there to be confident in each of the final four games?
Week 15: Rams can’t run the football
Not only are the Los Angeles Rams 4-9 and without their starting quarterback and star wide receiver, but they also can’t run the football. Green Bay’s biggest issue defensively is stopping the run. That shouldn’t be a concern against Los Angeles on Monday night.
The Rams have averaged just 86.1 rushing yards per game. If the Packers can stop them here, it will go a way to winning the game.
Week 16: Tua Tagovailoa has struggled in consecutive defeats
The Miami Dolphins had looked unstoppable after five straight victories, but not so much in the past two games.
Tua Tagovailoa had only thrown three interceptions entering Week 13, but he has thrown three touchdowns with two picks in consecutive Dolphins defeats.
It could be a good time to play the Dolphins in Week 16.
Week 17: Vikings have the NFL’s worst-ranked defense
The Minnesota Vikings are 10-3 and on track to win the NFC North, but they look beatable. They have a negative points differential, which is hard to believe for a 10-win team.
For as good as their offense has been, they have issues on defense. No team is allowing more yards per game than the Vikings, who are allowing an average of 403.7 yards per contest.
Over the past five weeks, the Vikings have allowed 30.4 points per game.
If the Packers’ offense can get going, there will be opportunities against the Vikings’ defense.
Week 18: Lions are allowing 26.7 points per game
The Detroit Lions are on an excellent run, having won five of their past six games. However, their defense is still an issue.
They are allowing 26.7 points per game, but it’s their fourth-ranked offense leading them to victories.
But at Lambeau Field in Week 18, tougher conditions may make life more difficult for Detroit’s offense. Can the Packers make the most of the matchup with the Lions’ defense?