Coming off a lopsided 40-10 loss to Detroit that saw the Lions score 37 unanswered points from the mid-second quarter on, the Green Bay Packers and head coach Mike McCarthy will find it difficult to get back to the playoffs.
Green Bay fell 1 ½ games behind the Lions with the loss on Thanksgiving, and a game behind the Chicago Bears in the NFC North.
The Packers have four games remaining against the Atlanta Falcons, Dallas Cowboys, Pittsburgh Steelers and Chicago Bears, respectively. McCarthy believes his team has to win out to have any shot.
“I would think so, yes,” McCarthy said, according to ESPN.com.
Green Bay hasn’t put a tally in the win column since October 27th when they beat the Minnesota Vikings 44-31. The Packers have put four-straight losses and a tie on their resume in the month of November.
“Oh, we’re in a hole,” he said. “We felt like we were in the hole going into the Detroit game. We’ve got two division losses and a tie. That’s not where you want to be.”
Of course, being without former NFL MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been about as big a blow a team can take, and the Packers are reeling without their leader. McCarthy is not sure if Rodgers will be ready when the Falcons come to town next Sunday.
“I just know when we came off the field Wednesday that he wasn’t ready to play yet,” McCarthy added. “So, we’ll see how the testing goes. But it needs to be the right thing. I know he wants to play, I know he’s trying to gear up each and every week to play, but we’ll see what happens next week.” [ESPN.com]