Packers: Predicting final four games after the bye week
At last, the Green Bay Packers‘ bye week is over.
The Packers will hopefully be healthier entering Week 15 and refreshed ahead of a crucial four-game stretch.
Green Bay takes on the Los Angeles Rams on Monday night. The Rams will also be well rested, having not played since Thursday Night Football in Week 14.
It will be the third matchup between Matt LaFleur and Sean McVay as head coaches. LaFleur won the first two meetings, both at Lambeau Field.
By the end of Week 15, we’ll have a better idea of whether the Packers can make the playoffs. If they lose to the Rams, it’s over. But if they win and get some help around the league, it could be game on entering the final three weeks.
So, with the bye week over, it’s time to make some predictions.
Week 15: Green Bay vs. LA Rams
It would’ve been hard to believe in September that this would be Green Bay’s easiest game of its remaining four. But that’s where we are.
No matter how bad the Packers have looked at times, this is a game they should win.
Prediction: Green Bay 24, Los Angeles 21 (6-8)
Week 16: Green Bay at Miami
This matchup doesn’t look quite so daunting after the past two weeks. The Miami Dolphins are averaging just 17 points over the past two games.
Is it a good time to play the Dolphins? Maybe, but I still can’t see the Packers picking up a road win on Christmas Day.
Prediction: Miami 27, Green Bay 21 (6-9)
Week 17: Green Bay vs. Minnesota
If Green Bay’s offense can get going, it should find success against a Minnesota Vikings defense that ranks 32nd in yards allowed.
However, will the Packers have an answer for Justin Jefferson? I’m not convinced.
Prediction: Minnesota 31, Green Bay 27 (6-10)
Week 18: Green Bay vs. Detroit
If the Packers enter Week 18 on the back of consecutive defeats, they may turn to Jordan Love. And while Love could have a good game against the Detroit Lions’ defense, it’s hard to ignore how well the Lions have played in recent weeks.
They have now won five of six and could be competing for a wild-card berth in this game.
Prediction: Detroit 28, Green Bay 21 (6-11)