The Green Bay Packers did their part in keeping their playoff hopes alive, defeating the Los Angeles Rams on Monday Night Football, 24-12. It was arguably one of their best all-around games of the season as the offense moved the ball with success and the defense was dominant.
Green Bay surrendered only 156 yards of total offense, which is a season-low. It was a great bounceback following the bye as the Packers had given up at least 408 yards of total offense in four consecutive games.
Is it too little too late for the Packers? While their playoff hopes are slim, they do still have a chance to qualify. Adam Schein of CBS Sports is one of the people that still have confidence in them making a run, as he made a bold statement about their playoff chances on Tuesday.
“I’m not saying it’s probable. I’m not saying it’s a lock. But it wouldn’t be a Christmas miracle. The Green Bay Packers absolutely are alive.”
Things are going to be tougher in the coming weeks, as the Rams were the last team under .500 currently that the Packers are set to face off against. Next week they are heading on the road to face the Miami Dolphins, who they are catching at a good time.
Miami has lost three games in a row as their offensive efficiency has gone by the wayside during this stretch. They still present some challenges given how explosive their offense is, but a susceptible defense should give Green Bay some chances to keep up.
After that, the Packers are hosting two familiar opponents in NFC North rivals the Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions. Minnesota may not have much to play for in Week 17 as they have already clinched the NFC North and the Philadelphia Eagles are one game away from clinching the No. 1 seed in the conference.
Week 18 could be a win and you’re in scenario against the Lions should things break in Green Bay’s favor. In addition to winning all of their games, they need the New York Giants to lose all three of their matchups to make the postseason. Or, the Washington Commanders need to lose two out of their final three games combined with one loss by the Seattle Seahawks.
While certainly not impossible, the odds are slim. Alas, if Green Bay plays as well as they did against the Rams, they can hang with their opponent on any given week.