Fans of the Green Bay Packers have high expectations, and rightfully so. The team has been a serious contender in the NFC for years, though the defense has often let down the rest of the squad come playoff time. In 2014, the last time the team featured above-average units on both sides of the football, the Packers were in the NFC Championship Game and should have made it to the Super Bowl.
This year, expectations were high once again, as the team shuffled the coaching staff and front office along with swaths of the the defensive roster. But though six games, the Packers are 3-2-1 and face their toughest stretch of the season in the coming weeks.
That’s what makes this week’s FanPulse surveys so interesting. The results show that although a majority of Packers fans expect the team to make it to the postseason in 2018, confidence in the franchise’s overall direction is still quite low.
Overall, a majority of Packers fans voted “Yes” when asked if the team would make the playoffs this year, with the yeas leading by a margin of 55-45 percent. However, only 32 percent of the same survey respondents said that they were confident in the team’s direction. That tells this writer that many people are expecting a disappointing one-and-done postseason for this team, which certainly would fall far short of fans’ hopes for the team. Still, Packers fans’ responses outpace the odds of the team making the playoffs according to Football Outsiders, who put the Packers at just a 43.4% chance.
Another interesting note is that fans of 16 other teams have a higher confidence level in their team making the postseason, with Packers fans being the 17th to have a better than 50/50 vote. But even though the Packers sit a half-game ahead of 3-3 Chicago and Detroit in the division and in sixth place in the NFC at present, fans of both of those teams (plus fans of the Vikings) have larger portions of their fanbases that see them making the postseason. 100% of Vikings fans voted Yes, but the Lions had 66% Yes votes and the Bears 57%.
As for the overall confidence index, the Packers’ numbers dropped two percent following the comeback victory against the 49ers and the bye week, dropping from 34% to 32%. We’ll see next week if there are any notable changes after the Packers’ game against the 7-0 Rams.