Predicting the Packers next 5 games entering Week 12

The next five weeks of the NFL season offer opportunities and challenges for the Green Bay Packers.

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The Green Bay Packers took home a much-needed victory in Week 11 against the Los Angeles Chargers. That win, coupled with losses from the Seattle Seahawks and Minnesota Vikings, keeps the Packers' playoff hopes alive.

Jordan Love's best game of the season couldn't have come at a better time for Green Bay. The Packers' quarterback threw for a season-high 322 yards, and head coach Matt LaFleur is going to need more of the same with a short turnaround before a Thanksgiving Day road game in Detroit.

As the Packers head into the back-half of the 2023 season, the Green Bay faithful have experienced the highs and lows of a young, developing team. The next five weeks will be a great indicator of where this franchise stands, not just this season, but heading into the future.

With all that mind, the Green Bay Packers currently sit in third place in the NFC North with a record of 4-6. The upcoming schedule presents some challenges, but there's also reason to believe that Green Bay could be sitting at .500 with two weeks left in the 2023 campaign. Let's preview the next five weeks.

Week 12: Packers at Lions

You wait to call any game a must-win at this point in the season, but the Green Bay Packers have just one division victory this season, and that came all the way back in Week 1 versus the Chicago Bears.

Sitting at 8-2, the Detroit Lions are the class of the NFC North, and could wind up as the No. 1 overall seed in the entire conference. As much as Green Bay needs this victory on the road, Detroit will be looking to keep pace with teams like the Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers in the NFC.

If the Packers are going to win on Thanksgiving Day, they're going to have to outscore the Lions. That seems like a tall task, especially with Aaron Jones likely sidelined after an injury incurred just last Sunday.

The Detroit Lions own a 34-20 victory over the Green Bay Packers already this season, and Dan Campbell's squad is likely to feast on Joe Barry's defense in Week 12. Sorry, Packers fans, but the Lions are going to win this one going away.

Prediction: Lions 31, Packers 17 (4-7)