Green Bay Packers at crossroads ahead of huge NFC North bout
After defeating the 49ers to win their fourth straight game to open the season,DeMarcus Ware Jersey a handful of Packers players spoke openly about their goal to make sure the NFC championship came through Lambeau Field.
They went on to win two games after that,Jason Witten Jersey making their aspirations seem more like a done deal, and they seemed much more superior to the rest of the conference -- but that was then.Rashad Jennings Jersey Following Sunday's groin kick of a defeat to lowly, visiting Detroit,Randall Cobb Jersey which hadn't won in Wisconsin since 1991, the Packers are simply hoping to get a victory.Kawann Short Jersey
They have not been in the win column since Oct. 18.Chris Hogan Jersey In that span, they've fallen to 6-3 and now sit a game behind the NFC North-leading Vikings,Michael Bennett Jersey who have won five straight. Green Bay travels to Minnesota this weekend in a matchup that could set the tone for the postseason stretch run.Sean Davis Jersey
This is the type of game in which -- and type of opponent against whom -- the Packers tend to rediscover their focus and their mojo. But there certainly is no guarantee that'll be the case on Sunday.Jeremy Hill Jersey Minnesota is a good team. Several Vikings players told me,Daryl Washington Jersey following their Week 9 overtime win against St. Louis, that they're just now rounding into form.
"R-E-L-A-X" was quarterback Aaron Rodgers' mantra when the Packers started 1-2 in 2014. There's been no such reassuring decree now. Nor is there anything about the way the team has played lately to signal much measure of comfort. Coach Mike McCarthy's business-like tact and the team's history of working its way out of jams will have to do for now.
"You just have to stay true to your preparation, don't overreact and keep things in perspective," McCarthy said following the loss to the last-place Lions, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel