4 Green Bay Packers on the hot seat entering Week 17

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1. Joe Barry

Yet again, Joe Barry is top of the list. Last week's game gave Barry's defense an opportunity to bounce back. They had a perfect matchup against a Panthers offense averaging only 14.5 points per game and a rookie quarterback with only nine touchdown passes all year and zero in his previous four games.

Instead, the Packers allowed the Panthers to put up a season-high 30 points. They were about half a second away from stopping the clock and kicking a possible game-tying field goal in the final moments of the fourth quarter.

Bryce Young had the first 300-yard passing game of his career and threw multiple touchdown passes for only the second time. He had gone over a month without a TD. That's what playing against Barry's defense can do for a struggling offense.

Barry is under significant pressure. His defense gets another opportunity to take on a rookie quarterback, this time, Vikings fifth-round choice Jaren Hall. Minnesota won't have top tight end T.J. Hockenson available, and rookie receiver Jordan Addison is questionable.

If Green Bay allows Hall to find success, it could be game over for Barry. He is already on the hot seat. Barry desperately needs a strong finish to the season, beginning on Sunday Night Football.

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