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Get ready to be cleansed by the waters of positivity. Fans, both of the Packers and nationally, are excited about Green Bay after the team put together an impressive November that has rejuvenated their playoff asperations.
Let’s get into the data.
The national fans think that last week’s Packers win over the Detroit Lions was the biggest upset of the week, and it’s hard to disagree with them. The result of the game completely flipped the NFC playoff race on its head, as Green Bay now has a better chance — per The New York Times’ playoff machine — to make the postseason than either the Minnesota Vikings and Seattle Seahawks.
Despite Green Bay winning three of its last four games, fans nationally are still taking the Kansas City Chiefs to win on Sunday Night Football. Consistency is the standard that you’re measured at in the NFL. It’s simple: The Chiefs have been more consistent over the last few years than the Packers have been. I would still give Green Bay a fighter’s chance in this one, even though they’re home underdogs for the game.
What a rollercoaster of a season. Through 12 weeks of action, we’re about back to where we started — in terms of fan confidence. It’s taken some time to build back to where the season began, but after a hot month, Packers fans have come back around on the decision-makers in Green Bay.
Over two-thirds of Packers fans think the team is going to make the playoffs this year. With how poorly the Seahawks have played down the stretch, not including the fact that they have two more brutal games ahead of them back-to-back, it’s reasonable to assume Green Bay is going to stay in the playoff hunt for a while. In the final six games, the Packers basically need to win four games to ensure that they’ll get in. If they finish 3-3, they’ll need some help. The good news is that they have a head-to-head tie-breaker over both the Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints, and they’ll play the Minnesota Vikings again before the season ends.
This one was a little surprising to me. I understand wanting to beat a divisional rival, but I feel like there's more bad blood with the San Francisco 49ers than the Detroit Lions — even though the Lions ended the Packers’ 2022 season. Beating Kyle Shanahan with this team after he’s ruined potential playoff runs during the Matt LaFleur era would be sweet revenge. Bring that to me over a win against this Lions team.