There may not be a team in the NFL that has fallen short of expectations as much as Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers have this season. Coming into the campaign with legitimate Super Bowl aspirations, the Packers have spiraled downward in recent weeks, creating a huge hole to dig out of.
Green Bay has lost five consecutive games, a streak that started in Week 5 when they traveled across the pond to face the New York Giants. Things truly hit rock bottom in Week 9 when they lost to the Detroit Lions, who had only one win on the season going into the game.
The Packers have issues in every facet of the game. Their offense has been stagnant all season and their defense suffered a major loss with Rashan Gary tearing his ACL. Despite that, quarterback Aaron Rodgers is still keeping a relatively positive outlook on things.
Rodgers was asked how he and the team could turn it around after the performance they had against the Lions. The future Hall of Famer is hoping that his teammates can embrace the underdog role and use that as motivation.
“I’ve been counted out many times in my life, as have many of my teammates,” he said. “And I hope we just dig deep and find a way. We will truly be underdogs for many games moving forward. Hopefully, we can embrace that. We have two games at home. We’ve got to go win those two games in a week, and then this thing looks a little different.”
This upcoming stretch of games will be a very difficult one for the Packers. The soft spot of their schedule is the one that just passed and they went 0-5 during it. They will host the Dallas Cowboys in Week 10 before welcoming the Tennessee Titans to Lambeau Field for Thursday Night Football to kick off Week 11.
After that, they will take their show on the road to face off against the last undefeated team in the NFL, the Philadelphia Eagles. In Week 13, a divisional matchup with the Chicago Bears awaits before they head into their Week 14 bye.
The path to the postseason is a long, windy one for Green Bay given the position that they have put themselves in. But, a path does exist as there are only six teams in the NFC with a record of .500 or better. It is certainly a long shot, but going on one run would put Green Bay squarely back in the mix.