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Cheese Curds, 11/18: Fresh off bye, Packers will prepare for final six-game run

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With just six weeks left in the regular season, the final stretch will define the Packers’ identity heading into the playoffs.

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Monday usually comes with happiness or frustration during football season, but with the Green Bay Packers on a bye in week 11, this Monday morning is just...there. We’re here, and perhaps we’re a little bummed that the Packers got no help in their playoff goals this weekend, but with the team idle it’s tough to get too high or too low about the events of the weekend.

With six games remaining in the 2019 season, however, the Packers’ goals remain well within their grasp. A division title is there for the taking. So too is home-field advantage in the NFC playoffs. And with a running game finally providing an excellent complement to Aaron Rodgers and the defense showing signs of good situational play, this team can go far if they can draw the home games in the postseason.

First, however, they have tough games ahead against the 49ers and Vikings as they try to get to that top seed. A win on Sunday night in California would be a massive step towards that goal, and a sweep through the division over the final three weeks would all but lock up an NFC North title. The goals are in sight — now it’s time to reach for them.

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It should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with win probabilities that Matt LaFleur made the right call in going for the touchdown at the end of the first half against the Panthers. It wasn't a huge difference -- 90.2 percent vs. 88.7 percent -- but those small decisions end up making a big difference in the end.

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Danielle Hunter of Minnesota is the only player in the NFL with more QB pressures than Z, who has 57 in the Packers' 10 games. Hunter has 64 in the same time frame.

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This breakdown of each of the NFC contenders brings up a fascinating point for the Packers. When Aaron Jones is on the field and Jamaal Williams is not, they are the best offense in football. When the roles are reversed, they're a net negative, losing the team points.

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Matt Nagy said the injury was affecting Trub's ability to throw to the left. The jokes just write themselves.

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