The Pack is Back!

The Green Bay Packers 2023 resurgence continued with their best win of the season by knocking off the defending world champion Kansas City Chiefs 27-19 last night. That is three weeks in a rows now we can say they played their best game, a welcome trend with only five weeks left in the regular season. Notice how I said “regular season?” That’s because with the win the Packers moved into the number seven and final spot in the NFC playoff standings. Hard to believe.

For the second straight week the Packers knocked off an eight win team and never trailed in doing so. Quarterback Jordan Love was surgical in picking apart the improved Chiefs’ defense, directing two 75-yard touchdown drives to start the game. When the Packers’ defense bended but didn’t break, holding the Chiefs to field goals on their first two drives, the Packers led 14-6 at halftime. When the Chiefs pulled within 14-12 in the third quarter Love promptly lead a 67-yard touchdown drive to stretch the lead back to nine.

Love never flinched in the face of the Chiefs pressure and head coach Matt LaFleur had another exquisite game plan that utilized all of his tools. Coupled with a much-maligned defense that somehow continues to make big plays and the Packers are looking like a dangerous team. That is if they can stay grounded and not get big heads. Handling success is much harder than bouncing back from defeat.

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Not done yet

When the Packers were 2-5 and struggling to even get a first down in the first half of games, handling success seemed like a pipe dream. Now after winning the three games that were thought to be the hardest ones remaining, the Packers have put a lot of pressure on themselves. Which is what you want. LaFleur has never lost a game in December and if that holds true this year the Packers will make the playoffs in a rebuilding year. That would be a neat trick.

None of the Packers five remaining opponents have a winning record, or a quarterback to speak of. Three of the five are on the road, however. Being the Packers are so young and so injured, you have to believe they will lay an egg in one of those games, if not more. The Packers will likely be favored in each contest, though, which is a switch from earlier in the season.

I think they have a real chance to make the playoffs. It would be an amazing accomplishment and it would have to put LaFleur and general manager Brian Gutekunst as front runners for coach and executive of the year awards. Now back to reality. We’re on to New York.

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