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Friday Cheese Curds: Packers Have a Long, Hard Road to Playoffs

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It’s going to take some serious work for the Packers to make the postseason

Green Bay Packers v New England Patriots Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

For the better part of two months, we’ve been waiting for the Packers to figure things out. Every week they’ve seemed (to varying degrees) to be a team on the brink, just waiting for their chance to put everything together and become the contender many thought they could be before the season.

That team has appeared in fits and starts, but heading into the second half of the season it’s been far more the exception than the rule to see the Packers playing like they’re all on the same page.

But now, the margin of error is thin. They’ve got a long way to go to climb into playoff contention and an increasingly short time to do it. If it’s going to happen, they need to become who they’re supposed to be. And fast.

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