The Green Bay Packers will have to find a way to bounce back offensively without star wide receiver Christian Watson when they host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 15.
Watson was instrumental for the Packers in their surprise victories over the Detroit Lions and Kansas City Chiefs. Green Bay missed the former second-round pick in last week's loss to the New York Giants.
The Packers must win without their former second-round pick, and they desperately need a victory to remain competitive in the wild-card race. The hope is that they can get Watson back for the final few games of the season and potentially for a playoff run.
But they can't look beyond Sunday afternoon at Lambeau Field. The Buccaneers lead the NFC South and aim to move a step closer to the postseason.
Which players are inactive for the Packers and Bucs in Week 15?
Packers vs. Bucs inactives Week 15
- WR Christian Watson
- CB Jaire Alexander
- RB AJ Dillon
- S Darnell Savage
- LB Brenton Cox Jr.
- T Caleb Jones
- WR Samori Toure
- CB Carlton Davis
- DL Will Gholston
- CB Josh Hayes
- S Ryan Neal
- T Brandon Walton
- LB Devin White
- QB John Wolford
This isn't a must-win for the Packers, but it's close. With multiple teams entering Week 15 tied at 6-7, Green Bay can't afford to slip up many times in the remaining four weeks. Three wins from here would likely be enough, but a loss on Sunday would likely require running the table.
After this week, the Packers host the Carolina Panthers, visit the Minnesota Vikings, then return home against the Chicago Bears. They have a chance to win all three, but it won't be easy, especially on the road in Minnesota.
The Packers can improve their playoff odds with a victory at home against the Buccaneers, but they will need a far better performance than the one we saw at MetLife Stadium six days ago.