The Green Bay Packers (4-5) have lost four of their last five games, but somehow remain just one game back of the Vikings (5-4) and Lions (5-4) in the NFC North. All things considered, that’s not a bad place to be.
“The NFC North is so God-awful, I’m not sure the NFC North champion would get into (a college football) eight-team playoff,” Packer Report Packers writer Bill Huber said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “That really is their saving grace. The Vikings have lost four in a row and they’re somehow in first place and tied with the Lions, who lost three in a row at one point. It’s an extremely (bad) division that is really Green Bay’s saving grace at this point.”
The Packers have allowed 35.3 points in their last four losses, and the offense hasn’t been able to keep up. Not even close.
“They’re beat to hell,” Huber said. “Nobody wants to use injuries as an excuse, but against Tennessee, they had nine of their Week 1 starters out of the game. That doesn’t help. It doesn’t help when you can’t run the football. Not that you can’t, but you don’t have any running backs, which is why they signed Christine Michael off waivers. It doesn’t help when you have your top three corners out for a while. You got one of them back, but you’re still down your top two corners. So they’re beat to hell, for one. They had rushed the passer pretty well earlier in the year. That’s disappeared. There’s just so many things that are wrong. It’s not just injuries. It’s all kind of piled up.”
The Packers face the Redskins (5-3-1) on the road this Sunday at 8:30 p.m. ET.
“I’m not going to pick them,” Huber said. “I’m not sure why you would. Green Bay’s pass defense has been horrible, and Kirk Cousins has been great. The Packers got killed by Delanie Walker last week and the Redskins have two really good tight ends, including (Jordan Reed). And on the other side of the ball, until Aaron Rodgers can string together two or three really good games in a row, it’s hard for me to expect Aaron Rodgers to play a good game. It’s not just an Aaron Rodgers problem. The pass offense has been inconsistent to be kind, and it’s hard to see them getting it fixed when they’ve played a bunch of mediocre-to-bad pass defenses here in the last month and they haven’t gotten enough done to win a game.”
It’s been so bad that Mike McCarthy is on the hot seat – and has been in some circles for quite some time.
“The fans here have been calling for his head since the NFC Championship a couple years ago,” Huber said. “The people here who have known nothing but winning for so long, they’re just tired of it. They’re tired of Mike McCarthy. They’re tired of Ted Thompson. I would think a fair percentage of Packers fans are spoiled. Anything that the coach says, they’re just jumping on it. This is a fan base that’s grown tired of being good but not good enough. Now that the team is trending the wrong way, the seat is hot. The one thing I question is would they actually make a move. This is a team that is patient. Mike McCarthy and Bill Belichick, they’re the only coaches in the NFL with seven straight playoff appearances. The results speak for themselves. He’s done a really good job. I think give him a chance with a somewhat healthy roster. Lets give Mike McCarthy something resembling a healthy NFL roster and see if he can get things turned around. And if he can’t, I think the questions are totally fair.”