The Green Bay Packers have a lot to play for this upcoming weekend in Chicago.
Not only are the Packers playing their biggest rivals, the Chicago Bears, but once again, there’s a lot on the line when these two historic organizations match up.
Packers’ coach Mike McCarthy knows what’s on the line this Sunday, per Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com
“We’re playing for a division championship, and it’s been a wild ride so far,” McCarthy said Monday. “And I like to think we’re just getting started. That’s what I’m selling. Hopefully they’re buying it.”
The Packers will have no choice but to buy the pitch that McCarthy is selling them. If they don’t beat Chicago this weekend, they won’t make the playoffs. This game is a winner take all clash for the NFC North, and despite all of their issues with injuries (See: Aaron Rodgers) and last weekend’s disappointing loss against Pittsburgh; the Pack still have playoff hope.
They may have to do it, once again, without Rodgers, and Eddie Lacy was hurt against the Steelers. The team in general has dealt with injuries to major stars all season long, and both the offense and defense have been inconsistent to say the least.
The odds are stacked up against the Packers, but if there’s an organization built to overcome, it would be Green Bay. All they need is a chance, and that’s what they’ll get this weekend.
In a one-game playoff for the chance to make the playoffs and anything can happen.