Can the Green Bay Packers stay in the playoff hunt over their final five games?
Five games to go. The Green Bay Packers only have four wins on the board and likely need to win each of their remaining games to have any shot at a playoff berth.
It starts Sunday afternoon at Soldier Field when the Packers meet the Chicago Bears.
After their bye week, they will host the Los Angeles Rams, Minnesota Vikings, and Detroit Lions, with a road game against the Miami Dolphins in between.
How many will the Packers win?
Week 13: Green Bay at Chicago
While Matt LaFleur’s offense should find success against a struggling Chicago defense, I worry about Justin Fields in this game. A week after Jalen Hurts ran all over Green Bay’s defense with 157 rushing yards, Fields could do something similar.
No quarterback has more rushing yards this season than Fields, and he has rushed for 552 yards and six touchdowns in his past five games.
The Packers score points, but not enough.
Prediction: Chicago 33, Green Bay 30 (4-9)
Week 15: Green Bay vs. LA Rams
It’s unclear whether Green Bay will officially be out of playoff contention at 4-9, but it’s possible Jordan Love starts in Week 15 against the Los Angeles Rams.
The Packers match up well against the Rams. Los Angeles has the league’s No. 31 rushing offense. Green Bay’s defense doesn’t have to worry too much about losing the matchup on the ground.
Prediction: Green Bay 24, Los Angeles 17 (5-9)
Week 16: Green Bay at Miami
The Miami Dolphins haven’t lost in games Tua Tagovailoa has started and finished this season. He has thrown for 2,564 yards, 19 touchdowns, and only three interceptions in nine games.
Joe Barry’s defense could struggle against a Dolphins offense that ranks No. 3 in the NFL.
Prediction: Miami 31, Green Bay 24 (5-10)
Week 17: Green Bay vs. Minnesota
Are the Minnesota Vikings for real? There are still questions about their chances in the playoffs.
But there’s no question about who is winning this game. Justin Jefferson dominates the Packers’ secondary yet again to complete a Vikings season sweep.
Prediction: Minnesota 27, Green Bay 17 (5-11)
Week 18: Green Bay vs. Detroit
With Jordan Love in at quarterback, the Packers at least end the season on a positive note, picking up a victory in Week 18.
Prediction: Green Bay 27, Detroit 21 (6-11)