Has a team in position for a first-round bye ever felt so vulnerable? That is a question on the minds of several of the Green Bay Packers fans here at Acme Packing Company. The Packers moved back into the second spot in the NFC after week 14, but recent results have fans questioning whether this team is for real.
This week’s FanPulse survey shows that clearly, as the team’s confidence index dipped slightly following a 20-15 victory over Washington last Sunday. While the team started out hot, with two touchdowns on the first three offensive series, the offense cooled off significantly afterwards, forcing the defense to pick up the slack.
The Packers have not truly posted a convincing performance since their win over the Kansas City Chiefs in week 8, which not coincidentally was the high-water mark for confidence all season. Now it sits at just 47 percent, a dip of six points from last week, as fewer than half of survey respondents say they feel confident in the direction of the team at present.
Here’s the trend line for this season:
This could certainly change in a hurry, however. Packers fans would surely respond if the good version of the Packers shows up against the Bears and Vikings these next two weeks. Tune in on Sunday to see if that happens this week.
The Packers, meanwhile, are slated to pick near the back of the first round in the 2020 NFL Draft, thanks to their success this season. But there are a handful of two- and three-win teams fighting for that first pick. This week, the national FanPulse questions were Draft-focused, first looking at which team will receive the top pick. Not surprisingly, the only one-win team in the league is leading that poll by a wide margin:
Question two involved which player those Bengals will end up drafting with the top pick. Given the Bengals’ struggles at quarterback thanks to the combination of Andy Dalton and Ryan Finley at quarterback — not to mention the high valuation on QBs in the Draft — it should come as no surprise that a signal-caller is the pick. For now, fans like Joe Burrow out of LSU as that selection by a huge margin, with Ohio State defensive end Chase Young rolling in at the second spot: