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Cheese Curds, 12/14: Milestones are in reach for a few key Packers

Several Packers are within striking distance of some big numbers and team records.

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The Green Bay Packers are still alive in the playoff hunt in the NFC as the teams in the middle of the conference all seem to be in various states of collapse, and a win in Chicago on Sunday would give them a big boost towards that goal. However, there are a few individual Packers who have some big numbers that they are closing in on this season, and it will be fun to see if they can hit these targets in these last three weeks.

One obvious milestone is the 1,000-yard mark. Davante Adams already crossed that threshold in receiving yardage, but Aaron Jones has an outside shot at hitting that number with big games down the stretch. As for Adams, he is within reach of both 1,500 yards and 15 touchdowns, needing to average just over 100 yards and one score to hit those marks.

Aaron Rodgers also has a chance to set a new career high in passing yardage, though that will also take three big games to get there. His previous career high was in his MVP season of 2011, when he put up 4,643 yards on 9.2 yards per attempt. His Y/A is sitting at 7.5 right now, which is a bit below his career average. With 3,700 yards at present, he can break that personal best with three big games averaging 315 yards apiece.

Finally, Blake Martinez is on pace to narrowly break his single-season team record for tackles, which he set last year at 144. At his current pace of about 9.1 tackles per game, he would hit 145 for the season.

While we’re all watching and hoping that the Packers can win out and get a shot at the postseason, let’s also keep cheering for the individual players to hit these targets and get some additional recognition in the midst of a challenging season.

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