Aaron Rodgers in a Packers playoff game


Green Bay, Wis. – Now comes the hard part.


this time, Aaron Rodgers He thinks the Green Bay Packers can handle it.

Extending their five-game losing streak and two-game winning streak to lift their spirits, Rodgers and coach Matt LaFleur said after Monday night’s 24-12 victory over the Los Angeles Rams at Lambeau Field, after Monday night’s 24-12 victory over the Los Angeles Rams at Lambeau Field, grow.

A team that’s totally out of it after falling to 4-8 in late November suddenly looks like it could win its last five games and sneak into the playoffs.

“Well, it’s the third now,” Rodgers said Monday. “We’ve got two. We’ve got two in the bag. I don’t know. Look, a week ago the Bears, we knew we got a bye after that, and those of us who glancing sometimes knew we had to win five and then we had a lot of stuff going our way.” So, we won twice and everything we needed to happen went our way.

ESPN Analytics gives players a 12.2% chance of making the playoffs. A loss Monday night would reduce that to nearly zero (0.8%).

It’s one thing to beat two teams that now have a combined record of 7-21. The Bears are 3-11 and the Rams are 4-10. But the Packers’ final three opponents are 26-16, starting Sunday’s game at the Miami Dolphins (8-6). However, the Dolphins have lost three in a row, the Minnesota Vikings defense has been porous and who knows if the Detroit Lions are real.

“I mean, they’re all good football teams,” Rodgers said. “Miami is playing in the playoffs. Obviously Minnesota’s division winners and they’ve got a big win. Detroit has won, what, six out of seven; they’re playing really well. So it’s going to be three tough games. Two of them are at home against dome teams. It’s going to be Jan for those two We’ve been really good at those games over the years.

“So this [versus the Dolphins] Really important because it’s on the road. They obviously have a really powerful attack. They’ve been up and down a little bit the past few weeks. We might catch them in good time. we will see.”

Rodgers refrained from making one of his pronouncements like “turn the table” or “relax,” but he doled out the tender belief that the Packers could win.

“I do, yeah, I do, I do,” Rodgers repeated. “Now we will play three better football teams, but I definitely do.”

Perhaps that was the reason Rodgers believed: He finally did it Romeo Dobbs (five catches for 55 yards) f Christian Watson (Four catches for 46 yards) both healthy and on the field. Aaron Jones And the AJ Dillon Combined for three touchdowns and 197 yards from scrimmage. Pack defense sacked Baker Mayfield five times, including two in Preston SmithAnd the Messenger Douglas Pick up the QB once. and kickoff returner Casen Nixon He became a weapon with his third 50+ yard return in the past three games.

“That was the first step,” said Douglas of hitting the Rams. “First, today, we came and said, let’s dominate, and let’s take the win. Now, we go to step two, and this is Miami.”

And they’re moving from a 15-degree night in Green Bay to the sun of South Florida.

“It has to be a really good effort to go out there and win,” Rodgers said. “It’s going to be a nice change of weather. No one’s going to be surprised that it’s going to be 40 or 50 over where it is, at least, maybe 50 or 60 over where it is now. We’ll be looking forward to getting home for some cold weather, hopefully 7- 8”.

And that’s as far as Lafleur was willing to discuss. He wanted no part in any talk of winning.

Well, I don’t even want to talk like that, to be honest with you, said the coach. “I think you have to focus on what’s right in front of you. Certainly, if you look at it in totality, the three teams are really good football teams. So I don’t want to go too far in front of ourselves and we just want to be the best we can be every day and every game, and that starts with Miami.”

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