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Aaron Rodgers, Packers ‘still have a lot to play’ – playoffs included?


Entering Monday night, FiveThirtyEight has Green Bay Packers‘ chances of kicking the playoff at 6%. Packers odds will plummet to 0.6% if they lose to the underdog The Los Angeles Rams at the cold Lambeau Field. After winning 24-12the probability jumps up to… 8%.

So we are telling you that there is a chance.

“There’s still a lot to play,” Aaron Rodgers say after victory. “We have one and a half more games of the knockout round. There will be a lot of excitement in the locker room. Lots of good energy this week, a short week, but tough opponents in Miami who have a lot of things to fight for, also.”

The 39-year-old midfielder said he wants to continue playing this season, due to injury if necessary, as long as Green Bay is mathematically alive for the knockout stages. He reiterated that point even at the end of a skate where the Packers lost seven of eight games mid-season. Now, they have won head-to-head matches for the first time since the opening week of October.

“It’s fun to win games that you have to win in December,” Rodgers said.

With no more Rams, Green Bay won’t be any easier. All three of its remaining rivals (miami, Minnesota and Detroit) is currently 0.500 or more. And even if the Packers win all three games, they have no control over their fate. Their chances will be only 64%. They still need a lot of help.

However, the help Green Bay needs is not unrealistic. There are countless situations, even very unlikely ones, that involve Green Bay losing again. The most realistic (and the Packers win, of course) is this:

  • The command lose any two of the remaining three games (in San Francisco, vs. Cleveland and dalas). Those two cases alone raised the Packers’ chances to about 90%.
  • The lions lost one of their next two matches (at Carolinacompare to Chicago).
  • The Panthers lost one of their last three games (at Kansas Citycompare to jet plane, Rams).

This will win a playoff spot for the Packers.

“Before Bears week, we knew we had to say goodbye then and those of us who sometimes look ahead know we have to get five wins and then there’s a lot going on,” Rodgers said. happens our way. “We won two games, and pretty much everything we needed to happen went our way. Almost right?

“So… things are looking.”

While encouraging, it still doesn’t guarantee Rodgers’ “RELAX” moment, especially with the way the Packers are playing. Their defense appeared to have taken a step forward on Monday night, registering five times against the Rams Mayfield baker, while also making his life difficult in general in the bone-chilling 17 degrees. Mayfield finished 12/21 with just 111 yards and a touchdown and interception. His passer rating is 67.8 and Los Angeles converted only four of the 11 third drop.

Green Bay has kept Rams 72 feet above ground and its main receiver – running backwards Cam Akers — to three receptions for 35 yards.

The point is, that kind of excellence will have to be the norm for the Packers to move forward – and they don’t have to face the Rams’ offensive line again. It was an encouraging performance, but as Rodgers later said, they had to win this game. It was expected.

Outraged, the Packers remained inconsistent but appeared to have entered orbit late in the night. rookie Romeo Doubs, who returned from a four-game absence due to injury, caught all five of his goals but only accumulated 55 yards. That made the Packers. rookie Christian Watson hit four out of six targets within 46 yards and only one in the first half. He has caught seven touchdowns in the previous four games.

Designated Rams Jalen Ramsey with Watson throughout the night, but the Packers certainly wanted to show him more football. Rodgers revealed after the game that Watson did a number of things he shouldn’t have, leading to some of those flaws and possibly a lack of aim.

What Green Bay has to figure out is how to get all of its attack pieces to work tangentially, instead of the partial action we’ve seen so far. The Packers remain unidentified at the time of the crime. With the way Watson went on and Doubs contributed along with the veterans Allen Lazard and Randall Cobb, the Packers have enough talent. But if they have any real hope of reaching post-season, much less going deep, they will need consistency from those.

“Yes, I think so,” said Rodgers, when asked if those four receivers would be enough to make the offense buzz in January. “I really do. Because they just have such different skill sets. Christian clearly has incredible speed. Romeo is a real nimble guy. Cobby has the savvy to work in the slot. and Allen [Lazard] do everything well. He’s a good line runner, he catches the ball with his hands, he’s a great saver. So yeah, I think it’s a really good set of guys.”

Even diehard Packers fan Lil Wayne gave his support Monday and is behind the team again this year, despite not being sold outright on the roster.

“I always believe. I will always believe, you don’t have to worry about that,” Wayne said on Manningcast. “I’m completely convinced and I think we’ll get some help as well. I think we’ll get some help in the future.”

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Carmen Vitali covers NFC North for FOX Sports. Carmen has made previous stops with The Draft Network and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. She’s spent six seasons with the Bucs, including 2020, the title of Super Bowl Champion (and boat parade participant) to her résumé. You can follow Carmen on Twitter at @CarmieV.


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