Why the Green Bay Packers will miss the playoffs
The Green Bay Packers have one of the most successful football franchises in history. They have a historic football field, passionate fans, and numerous super bowl trophies. Outside of the Dallas Cowboys, they may be the most popular team in the NFL, if not the world. Everyone believes the Packers will once again compete for a championship, but think again. There are several reasons why it is unfortunate that the Green Bay Packers will miss the playoffs this year. Now is when you should bet on it.
Problems at home
Aaron Rodgers is not happy. This is not a discovery as Rodgers has been unhappy for years. He is under a red-hot spotlight however after the Packers drafted his replacement. When Jordan Love was drafted, it led Rodgers to drink. Although Rodgers has since dismissed the issue, it will hang over his head all year long. This will make things very difficult for Rodgers and the coaching staff, especially if they lose early in the season.
The best division in football
The Packers used to own the NFC North. The Packers are still the favorites to win this year. Every year they were the odds-on favorite to win the division. Not anymore. Every team in the division has improved. The Minnesota Vikings are still the best team in the division with a dominating defense. The Chicago Bears acquired another quarterback and they will once again be in contention. The Detroit Lions are everyone’s favorite pick to surprise this year. All of this spells bad news for the Packers.
So why will the Green Bay Packers miss the playoffs?
Everyone loves the Green Bay offense but last year they were out-gained by 114 yards. IT may not seem like much, but that is a lot for a playoff team. This is also a sign that this team is not ready defensively. This puts all of the pressure on Rodgers. The 35-year-old QB is a Hall-of-Famer, but he will have some serious issues trying to carry this team on his shoulders. The weak defense, difficult division, and aging QB are just one of the reasons why the Packers will not play in the postseason.