Week 7 is the ultimate test for the Green Bay Packers. No, not because the Denver Broncos are the toughest opponents on the schedule. Quite the opposite. The Packers are in serious trouble if they can't beat the Broncos.
The Las Vegas Raiders did everything they could to hand the Packers victory on Monday Night Football, but Green Bay couldn't make the most of the countless opportunities.
Green Bay has a bye week to get healthy, self-scout, and spend additional time working on a game plan to beat the Broncos in Week 7.
Meanwhile, Broncos head coach Sean Payton is seemingly doing everything he can to lose to the Packers.
Packers can't afford to lose to struggling Broncos in Week 7
The Broncos might be the worst team in football. What an absolute mess. They lost their fifth game in six weeks on Thursday Night Football, and Payton gave Packers head coach Matt LaFleur some additional help with the game plan.
TV cameras picked up a clear shot of Payton's playbook, revealing many of their two-minute drill audibles.
How is that even possible?
The Broncos are reportedly "open for business" before the trade deadline. They released Frank Clark on Friday, and it's a possibility they could trade away a key player before the Packers matchup.
Simply put, Green Bay has to win this game.
The Broncos were bad enough to fall 28-7 behind against the Chicago Bears (they still won because, well, it's the Bears).
The concern is that the Packers haven't looked like a good football team this season. The defense played well against the Bears, New Orleans Saints, and Raiders but allowed 200+ rushing yards to the Atlanta Falcons and Detroit Lions.
Green Bay's offense has played well in moments, including against the Bears, three quarters versus the Falcons, and one quarter against the Saints. But the rest? Not good. The Packers have scored zero points in eight of their past 16 quarters of football. They are averaging 5.2 points in the first half this season.
If Green Bay returns from its bye and loses to Denver, forget about it. It will confirm the Packers really are a bad football team.