Let’s be real: If the Packers lose today, they can call it a season.
Entering today’s competition, the Packers are two games behind Chicago and Minnesota in the win column in the NFC North Division standings. If they don’t add to their win total today, the odds of overcoming the Bears and Vikings and securing a playoff spot would seem insurmountable.
Fortunately for the Packers, who are 3-4-1, they’ll face an opponent – the Miami Dolphins – which is undeniably beatable. The Dolphins, while boasting a 5-4 mark, have struggled mightily on the road (they are 1-3 this season) and have lost two of their last three games.
Their sole victory in that stretch was a non-descript 13-6 victory over the hapless N.Y. Jets. That game was indicative of the Dolphins’ inept offense. They have scored 21 or FEWER points in five games this season. They rank a lowly 28th in the NFL in yards per game (315.8).
On the flip side, the last time I checked the Packers still have Aaron Rodgers. And the last time I checked, he’s having a pretty damn good season – again. Rodgers has thrown 15 touchdowns while having only one passed intercepted.
And he’s put up those gaudy numbers despite being plagued by a chronic knee injury, an inconsistent offensive line and a sketchy corps of receivers.
I envision Rodgers having another quality game against the Dolphins and the Packers clicking on all cylinders to keep their playoff hopes alive for at least another week.
Prediction: Packers 27, Dolphins 17.