Even after Green Bay snapped a winning streak with a 24-12 win over the Los Angeles Rams on Monday, the chances of the Packers (6-8) making the season finale in the playoffs are still a long way off.
First, they have to win their last three games – in Miami before visits from Minnesota and Detroit. Then they need Seattle to lose at least once, Washington at least twice and the New York Giants to lose all three of their remaining games.
Aaron Rodgers knows all of this.
Which made Rodgers’ post-match media session all the more entertaining, as he spoke boldly of the pack’s chances, sketched out success scenarios and sent positive messages to his locker room while, perhaps, raising suspicion in opponents should this happen.
Essentially, he was acting just like a guy who’s spent his career orchestrating improbable fourth-quarter comebacks, some in the 21 playoff games he’s started.
Here toward the end of a season marked by extraordinary failures—eight losses for the Lakers, 10 interceptions thrown by Rodgers—it might have been expected that, given a glimmer of hope, he reverted to his old confident, even cocky self.
Even if those two victories are against three-win Chicago and four-win Los Angeles — not exactly a lethal clash.
“We have two [victories]Rodgers said. “I got two in the bag. See, before Bears week some of us who peaked on top, we knew we needed to win five fruits a lot coming our way.
“So we won two and everything we needed to happen went our way, so things are getting better…”
He is not mistaken. Things are getting better, if only because they never looked worse. Earlier this season, Green Bay lost five straight games.
This was a classic for Rodgers, and was likely a very purposeful statement of false confidence designed to inspire his teammates that the near impossible is possible.
When ESPN’s Lisa Salters reported in Rodgers’ post-game that all three remaining opponents had winning records, Rodgers stopped her by remarking, “Well, one of them is . 500 right now.”
This would be the 7-7 Lions, a franchise that has tormented Rodgers over the years. Rodgers later admitted that Detroit is playing “really well” but he still likes to try and play some mind games in case the season finale at Lambeau becomes a win-or-go-home proposition.
Chances are, the playoffs will go off without Rodgers and the Packers for the first time since 2018, so maybe this was just his chance to stay in the mix for as long as possible. Or maybe he really believes?
“We’ve got two at home, out on the field, in cold weather, and Miami at Christmas,” Rodgers said. “Start with Miami, do well, and get a win.
He continued, “So many things have gone our way with other teams that we needed to lose and lose.” “We need a little more of that. Mind your business and see where we come from, at the end of the season.”
It’s not over.
Rodgers admitted, “They’re all good football teams.” “Miami are playing in the playoffs, Minnesota is the division winner and Detroit has won six of seven, they’re playing really well. It’s going to be a really tough three games.
But, two of them are at home against dome teams [Minnesota, Detroit],” he continued. “It will be January for these two. We’ve been known to play really well at those games over the years. This [Miami] Important because on the road, they have a high attack power. They’ve had their ups and downs in the last few weeks, so maybe we’ll catch up with them in a good time.”
Could. This has been a tough season for Rodgers. His unwillingness to commit to a comeback this year played a role in top receiver Devante Adams leaving for Las Vegas. Finding a replacement has been a long process.
Rookie Christian Watson certainly isn’t Adams, but he plays better and, as Rodgers notes, doesn’t lack speed. “When he gets to space, everyone holds their breath,” Rodgers said.
Of course, that’s when Green Bay faces the lousy teams that often play their game. The Rams are such an injury-ridden mess,” nobody bothered about it [Aaron Donald] Rodgers noted.
So now he’s trying to pull an inside flush and find a way to get back into the playoffs. Packers must be perfect. Plenty of other teams need to stumble. Rodgers keeps pointing out the fact that it’s not over yet.
“We can beat anyone,” Rodgers said. “We can also lose to anyone. But, when you win a couple of games, it gives you confidence that you can go to Miami and win… There’s a lot to play for, a game and a half out of the playoffs.”
It will be one of his most bizarre comebacks ever.
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