Time is officially running out on the 2018 Green Bay Packers. With their season virtually on the line, the Packers needed a win in Minnesota against the rival Vikings. What they left Minneapolis with were injuries and a loss putting their season of life support.
Aaron Rodgers said after last Thursday’s loss to the Seattle Seahawks that the Packers needed a “galvanizing moment.” The game started off good for the Packers as Rodgers found Davante Adams with a perfect back shoulder throw to put them up seven early. Aaron Jones continued his hot streak as he found the end zone the following Packers possession, once again putting the Packers up seven. It looked as if the Packers were on the cusp of that moment.
But, that Jones touchdown was the last time the Packers found the end zone Sunday night. The offense was unable to get any rhythm going in the second half. Starting offensive lineman David Bakhtiari and Lane Taylor both left the game with injuries. This allowed the fierce Vikings defensive line to tee off on Rodgers. The Packers were only able to score three points in the second half, falling to the Vikings 24-17. This loss puts the Packers at 4-6-1, and their playoff hopes hanging by a thread.
For whatever reason, this Packers team feels different than in years past, one that Aaron Rodgers might not be able to save. Aside from Adams, the Packers haven’t been able to rely on another receiver consistently. Marques Valdes-Scantling looked to be taking a leap forward, but was nowhere to be found Sunday night. Randall Cobb has been battling injury issues all year, and Jimmy Graham is now playing with a broken thumb.
During the Rodgers era, the Packers passing game has always been their strong point. The lack of a running game, and sub-par defensive was often what held them back. In 2018, Jones has provided that spark out of the backfield, while has had to mantra of “bend but don’t break.” Inexplicably, the passing game has held to the Packers back. Even though there are still five games left, it might be too late for the Packers to make the playoffs.