The Green Bay Packers are currently looking at a record of 7-4 after being blown out last week. As I made the point in an article earlier this week, there is no need to panic.
With the season nearing the end, the Packers are in pretty good shape to make the playoffs. The remaining schedule, however, will be a very important stretch for them. Here are predictions for the rest of the regular season.
Week 13 vs. Minnesota Vikings - W 24-17
The Packers are looking to bounce back from an embarrassing loss to the New York Giants last week. and the Vikings are the perfect team to do this against. The Vikings' biggest strength is their run game with Adrian Peterson, but the Packers have proven that they can stop big-time runners, including Arian Foster.
The Packers should win this one, but the pass rush of Jared Allen could make this a closer game than people think.
Week 14 vs. Detroit Lions - W 35-24
The Packers played a little too conservatively against the Lions a few weeks ago. This will be an important game for the Packers to keep up in the division race against the Bears.
The Packers will be playing on Sunday Night Football at home, which should give them an edge on this Lions team. With a battered secondary, Aaron Rodgers could find some deep throws down the field. I expect this to be a rather high-scoring game, with a rather comfortable win for the Packers.
Week 15 at Chicago Bears - L 21-24
As much as a Packers fan hates to say it, the Bears are hot right now. Their defense has become a scoring machine, and the offense is finding its groove. This game could potentially decide the division race, so I expect it to be a very close game. I feel that the Bears defense will be too strong and will be able to handle the Packers' offensive line with ease, so they will win this game based on that.
Week 16 vs. Tennessee Titans - W 31-10
The Packers are going to be looking for a potential wild card spot or a division title by this time, and they are going to want to make sure they get it. The Packers should have an easy time with this Titans team, who has struggled this year. Rodgers should be able to turn it on against this weak defense, and they should come away with a big win.
Week 17 at Minnesota Vikings - W 21-17
This game could be a very interesting matchup, considering that this final week could officially determine the winner of the NFC North and finalize the playoff picture. The Packers will do all in their power to win this game.
While the Bears' schedule is rather easy for the end of the year, one slip-up could give the Packers a chance to take the division by winning this game.
I predict the Packers will finish at 11-5, meaning that they will only lose one more game for the rest of the year. This may sound like a pretty aggressive prediction, but the truth is that the Packers are better than last week made them look. Their remaining schedule isn't that difficult, and they should be ready for a playoff spot.