The Green Bay Packers sit at 4-6-1 as they prepare to host the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, but they're going to need an absolute miracle to get into the postseason.
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers is in the midst of perhaps his most disappointing season as a pro. The defense and rushing game have been mediocre, and head coach Mike McCarthy seems like a good bet to get fired after the season.
But as the Packers try to avoid the NFC North basement, Rodgers refuses to give up on the season. Wide receiver Randall Cobb explained that Rodgers has the team fired up as they try to keep their minimal playoff hopes alive.
"I’m excited to get back out there because I know with all the noise that’s been said over the past week about him, he’s getting ready to light everybody up this week," Cobb said, according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com. "It’s going to be a lot of fun and I look forward to helping him out."
The Packers should take care of business at home against the Arizona Cardinals,; they haven't lost a home game all season. But even if Green Bay wins out, a 9-6-1 record may not be good enough to make the postseason.
Green Bay should also beat the Atlanta Falcons (Week 14), New York Jets (Week 16), and Detroit Lions (Week 17), at home. But a Week 15 road contest with the division-leading Chicago Bears won't be easy.
The Packers will need a lot of help to squeak in the postseason. The Minnesota Vikings (6-4-1) hold the first wild card spot. The Seattle Seahawks, Washington Redskins and Carolina Panthers are 6-5, while the defending champion Philadelphia Eagles sit at 5-6. Leapfrogging four of those five teams is much easier said than done.
What This Means
Rodgers has one Super Bowl championship and two MVP awards on his resume, so of course he's not going to quit. But barring a serious of miracles, the Packers will miss the playoffs in consecutive years for the first time since 2005 and '06, before Rodgers was even the starter.