The Green Bay Packers may look like they're dead in the water, but believe it or not, there's still a chance at the post-season for the green & gold. Now, the tricky part. The Packers, who have dropped 4 of their last 5 games, including Sunday's 35-31 setback at home against Carolina, will likely have to win all four of its remaining games to have a chance. At 5-7, they trail the Bears by 1 game and the division leading Vikings by 2-games.
The Packers four remaining games are as follows: Houston (4-7), at Jacksonville (4-7), at Chicago (6-6) and Detroit (0-12). The combined opponents record is 14-32.
Chicago's four remaining games look like this: Jacksonville (4-7), New Orleans
(6-6), Green Bay (5-7) and at Houston (4-7). Combined record of opponents: 19-27.
Minnesota's four remaining games: at Detroit (0-12), at Arizona (7-5), Atlanta
(8-4) and New York Giants (11-1). Combined record of opponents: 26-22.
The Vikings have by far the most difficult schedule of the three, which is good news for the Packers. They could catch a break at the end when the Giants will likely rest their key starters in the final week of the season. But the Packers do own a tie-breaker advantage over the Vikings.
Now the question we all ask, can this team, as inconsistant as it has been, win four straight games, regardless of opponent and their record? Mike McCarthy says first things first. The Packers will have to beat Houston at home on Sunday just to have a chance, so they need to clean up their mistakes and take them one at a time.
The Packers have struggled in the month of November under McCarthy, but their December record in the coaches first two seasons is 7-1. How you look at the Packers chances may depend on whether or not you're drinking the Kool-aide, but make no mistake, if the Packers can handle winning four straight, they just might have a chance.