Losses send Green Bay Packers fans’ confidence in their team through the floor, and it usually takes a few weeks to catch back up. That has been the trend that we at Acme Packing Company have seen since the start of SB Nation’s FanPulse surveys, and it is bearing itself out once again in 2019.
In week nine, the Packers suffered an ugly loss to the Los Angeles Chargers, and following that game our FanPulse group saw confidence in the Packers drop by more than 25 points. Numbers plummeted from 89% confidence to 62%, but after the team’s bounce-back win over the Carolina Panthers, the index only made up some of the ground that it lost.
Confidence now sits at 78 percent, a 16-point jump and one that sits well in line with the marks around weeks three and four. Here are the trends throughout 2019:
The Packers aren’t getting a ton of love nationally, however, at least not from the perspective of which games move the needle nationally. Their week 12 game with the 49ers was flexed into a Sunday Night time slot, but it was not even nominated in this week’s national poll, which discussed the best games remaining on the schedule.
The one game involving the green and gold that was included was the week 16 game between the Packers and Vikings on Monday Night Football. That game, however, finished fourth out of five options, narrowly beating out the Bengals-Dolphins game that was clearly on the poll for laughs given the ineptitude of those two teams this season. Here’s the breakdown, which has Chiefs-Patriots — a repeat of last year’s AFC Championship Game — as the top-voted game: