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5 games left. 2 against current playoff contenders. 2 losses behind the division leader. Holding on to the 7th seed ATM. Now I hope I didn't jinx it by starting this thread but would still be #7 with a loss to the G-men. I would like to catch the Vikings at least to get to the #6 spot for a more favorable 1st round matchup. Right now at #7 we would go to Dallas after their trouncing of the Eagles.
 
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This season has been a rollercoaster season for many reasons. Especially as a Packer fan.

Some general observations.

The Packers have a good setup in many playoff scenarios. The best scenarios would be GB getting into #3 Seed. Currently most scenarios have us hosting Detroit or Seattle Yes you heard it right. Because of a lousy South Division the North Division Winner is on pace for a #3 seed.
Currently Detroit is the front runner. However Detroit is showing signs of weakness. They lost to us and now got trounced by the Bears over the last 3 weeks. They are NOT the Detroit team we thought they were. They will finish against:
1. a hot 7-6 Denver team at home
2. @ struggling 6-6 Vikings
3. @ a hot 10-3 Cowboys team
4. The struggling Vikings at home
Prediction: 2-2 finish and record of 11-6 (#3 seed)

The Packers playoffs start Monday night. Why it’s not critical we Win, a Win against an NFC opponent would increase our postseason hopes substantially. There would be 4 games left with our schedule hosting Tampa Bay and Chicago, who are playing adequate to better ball as the season unfolds. Our other 2 contests will be on the road to 2 struggling teams (Panthers and Vikings)

IF the Packers can rise to 7-6?
Prediction:
10-7 (#6 seed)

I can see many scenarios where we would go back to Detroit for a chance to advance to the Divisional.
 
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This season has been a rollercoaster season for many reasons. Especially as a Packer fan.

Some general observations.

The Packers have a good setup in many playoff scenarios. The best scenarios would be GB getting into #3 Seed. Currently most scenarios have us hosting Detroit or Seattle Yes you heard it right. Because of a lousy South Division the North Division Winner is on pace for a #3 seed.
Currently Detroit is the front runner. However Detroit is showing signs of weakness. They lost to us and now got trounced by the Bears over the last 3 weeks. They are NOT the Detroit team we thought they were. They will finish against:
1. a hot 7-6 Denver team at home
2. @ struggling 6-6 Vikings
3. @ a hot 10-3 Cowboys team
4. The struggling Vikings at home
Prediction: 2-2 finish and record of 11-6 (#3 seed)

The Packers playoffs start Monday night. Why it’s not critical we Win, a Win against an NFC opponent would increase our postseason hopes substantially. There would be 4 games left with our schedule going on the road to 2 struggling teams (Vikings and Panthers) We host Tampa Bay and Chicago who are playing adequate to better ball as the season unfolds.

IF the Packers can rise to 7-6?
Prediction:
10-7 (#6 seed)

I can see many scenarios where we would go back to Detroit for a chance to advance to the Divisional.

A playoff matchup against either the Lions or the Cowboys seems very winable to me
 

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Don't care where we wash out, playoffs this year is a bonus to a growth season which is amazing and I'll embrace either way!

Truthfully I would bet against us running the table - that'd be 7 straight for a VERY young team still feeling their way through the NFL and such. Possible for sure, but I would bet at most we win 4 and at the least I suspect we win 2. All one at a time and it starts tonight with the GMen
 

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One at a time. With luck, hold onto one of those wildcard spots. If it doesn't happen, the season is not a wash. They've done better than most of us believed they would. I said 7 wins, and with a win tonight, that's what they'll have. Everything above that is pure gravy to me.

With a sold draft, and a little help through free agency, and this could turn into a contender next year. According to some rankings, the Packers are already rated 5th best team in the league. I tend to agree, and disagree with that ranking. It's too early to tell if they've earned it or not. They need a blow out win over someone to give them a boost. Tonight could be the night. But, it could also be a trap. We've seen it happen way too often to the Packers and other teams. Ask the Lions. The Bears beat them 28-13 yesterday, and made them look like the Lions of old.
 

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I'm not going to get too wrapped up in the playoff talk. It's exciting to think of, but the playoffs is just a bonus. I'm going to treat it like a proud dad who will be happy no matter how the playoffs go for his young Packers team.
 
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as Packer fans we are really winners in nearly any situation. It’s highly likely we match or surpass last years win total of 8. Making the playoffs with a first year starting QB is huge. We should have several comp picks, plus we’ve got 5 selections in
Day1-2 where. We also have a little $$ to spend in FA for once. Gutey has proven formidable in finding outside talent. We could have 1-2 starters added + several Drafted players being upgrades.

If you took this team and told me I could upgrade 4-5 position groups by regular season 2024, plus toss in Stokes and Musgrave back in the mix? I’d say we’d be a 10+ Win team again in a weaker division.
 
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Don't care where we wash out, playoffs this year is a bonus to a growth season which is amazing and I'll embrace either way!

Truthfully I would bet against us running the table - that'd be 7 straight for a VERY young team still feeling their way through the NFL and such. Possible for sure, but I would bet at most we win 4 and at the least I suspect we win 2. All one at a time and it starts tonight with the GMen
Yeah I agree. It’d actually be 8 straight though.

I still want us to Win a playoff game. Let’s get that monkey off our back early and build on it on 2024.
This season has been a pretty easy path to postseason and we won’t be gifted too many schedules like this. So let’s take advantage of it and scare a couple teams. As hot as Dallas is, they would not want to face us in playoffs, especially at Lambeau. We are to Dallas what the 49ers are to us. :laugh:
 

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Would be very hilarious if we caught The Lions for the Division.

If we win all but one of our remaining solid chance we could flirt with that as a real option....they have a much tougher (not terrible but tougher) schedule remaining then us:

Broncos
@Vikings
@Cowboys
Vikings
 

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I’ve said it before, but given pre-season expectations - and after the way things looked just a few weeks ago - I feel like we’re basically playing with house money at this point and anything we do postseason-wise is basically a bonus. Not that that’s necessarily a bad thing, either - those “house money” teams can sure be dangerous.
 

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That's probably why they cut ties with Rodgers this year. They knew coming in that they had a soft schedule. What better way to build a young qbs confidence than to play the bares on opening day..and a few cupcakes before playing a couple stronger teams.
 

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I'm going back to just watching this team relaxed. Not worried about the playoffs. Let's see how they do game by game it's likely to be a roller coaster
 

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I didn't really have playoff expectations, but at this time in the season....if we don't make it, it will be a huge disappointment.

We are probably the best wildcard NFC team despite Vikings being a game up. Would be a shame if we threw it all away now.
 

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