A third straight loss — all to teams from NFC East — has left the Green Bay Packers 3-4 well behind the Minnesota Vikings, 5-1 in NFC North. With 10 games to go, Green Bay is in serious trouble three games down the loss column, including an L against the Vikings in Week 1.
And next comes the football version of the Grim Reaper: Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills on Halloween. This game is taking place in Buffalo, meaning the Packers could go into Week 9 3-5 and the Vikings 6-1. Minnesota returns from the bye to host the Arizona Cardinals next Sunday.
“I’m not worried about this squad. In fact, this might be for the best for us. Nobody will give us a chance. On to Buffalo sunday night soccer, a chance to expose yourself. Shoot, that might be the best thing for us,” Rodgers said after Sunday’s 23-21 home loss to the Commanders.
Is that a common belief in the dressing room?
“Should it be. Unless they don’t think they’re the right person for the job,” Rodgers replied. “I think I’m the right person for the job, so you’d have to ask her.”
Rodgers can never be left out of a fight, but this one seems like too much to overcome.
Seven games into the season and Green Bay’s passing game barely has a pulse. Rodgers had just 194 yards on Sunday and he has yet to throw 300 yards in a game, largely due to his inexperienced and struggling group of receivers not showing up.
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There’s no doubt Rodgers is missing Davante Adams, who has 54 catches alone. Tight end Robert Tonyan leads the Packers with 30 grabs. If Green Bay’s second-round pick Christian Watson and fourth-rounder Romeo Doubs wanted to save the day, they were terribly wrong.
Watson missed Sunday’s game with a hamstring injury and has only seven catches all season. Doubs was targeted four times on Sunday and caught nothing and dropped several passes that resulted in drive kills.
There’s nothing to suggest the Packers could go to Buffalo and upset the Bills.
Add to that the fact that Green Bay lost to mediocre quarterbacks. Has anyone let Daniel Jones, Zach Wilson and Taylor Heinicke beat the Packers? nope No chance. And the Packers worked overtime to avoid losing at home to the Patriots and third-row rookie Bailey Zappe.
Now they face good QBs including Josh Allen, Jared Goff, Dak Prescott, Ryan Tannehill and Jalen Hurts. All of this in back-to-back weeks, with no relief in bye week through week 14. They end the season against Matthew Stafford and the Rams, Tua Tagovailoa and the Dolphins, Kirk Cousins and the Vikings, and Goff and the Lions.
Green Bay got the easy part of the schedule out of the way, winning just three games. The snowball could start rolling and not even Rodgers seems able to stop it.