If you haven't noticed, the Green Bay Packers seem to be awfully annoyed at how the past few games have gone. Not only has their play dipped well below their standards, but now the media has begun asking difficult (though fair) questions about how the team can break out of its funk.
While we won't know what the team has in store until Sunday, at least the players and coaches know where the blame lies.
The Packers appear to have gone through a significant amount of introspection since their loss to the Denver Broncos. While that may seem over the top for a team with a 6-1 record, anyone that watched the team over the last month has seen the offense slip significantly. So far, everyone involved has publicly taken the right approach regarding what has occurred and what needs to happen next.
The way Aaron Rodgers and the rest of the Packers have acted this week brings to mind the lead-up to their 2012 road matchup with the then-undefeated Houston Texans. That showdown, of course, would become known as the "Shhh" game. Perhaps another narrative-killing performance is in the offing.
Of course, the perspective from the Packers' opponent varies considerably. The Carolina Panthers currently lead the NFC and own a powerhouse defense as well as one of the league's hottest quarterbacks. If they defeat Green Bay on Sunday, they become the unquestioned favorites in to win the conference.
Though the Packers' focus remains on this season, they have plenty of big questions to answer in 2016. A cavalcade of the team's players hit the market next offseason, including multiple defensive linemen -- Mike Daniels, B.J. Raji and Letroy Guion -- as well as contributors like Mike Neal and Nick Perry. Even the special teams units face potential defections with Mason Crosby and Brett Goode reached unrestricted free agency.