By Lucy Rendler-Kaplan //@lucyrk78
For the second consecutive season, the Green Bay Packers have failed to make the playoffs. It’s as odd to write as it is to think about.
Am I holding onto the Packers “glory days?” Can the Packers top the NFC again? Will they ever be the same Green Bay Packers we know they can be?
They are going to have to do a lot of work in this offseason to get back to the caliber we have come to expect from this team. Rather than lamenting about this season, let’s stop the grumbling and look ahead to the draft and next season.
We don’t yet know the Packers exact place in the 2019 draft. Going into the final week of the regular season, the Packers either have the No. 13 or No. 14 overall pick. We know that their first pick will be between No. 10 and No. 16.
If they lose to the Detroit Lions in Week 17, they will have the 10th overall pick. The Packers can also hang onto No. 10 with wins or ties from the Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers and Cincinnati Bengals. Green Bay’s second first round pick will land somewhere between No. 27 and No. 32.
First, the Packers will need a new head coach. I’d love to see someone who will focus on the offense, and mesh seamlessly with quarterback Aaron Rodgers. With him as the quarterback, the offense will always be Green Bay’s biggest strength. We need a coach that can nurture that team and bring it back to playoff level.
We also need to get a strong player in at guard, and stock the offensive line so that when injuries take out starters, we have competent players that can readily step up.
We can’t let their win over the Jets go without mention. Sunday, in defeating the New York Jets 44-38 in overtime, our MVP quarterback did something that has never been done in NFL history…and he’s done it before. He completed 37 of 55 pass attempts for 442 yards, with two touchdowns and zero interceptions. He also had two rushing touchdowns.
Already holding this title, Rodgers is the only player in NFL history to have 400 passing yards, two passing touchdowns AND two rushing touchdowns in a single game. The first time he did this was in 2011 against the Denver Broncos.
While making history, they also avoided leaving a different mark in the history books. Until this game, the Packers hadn’t won on the road. If they had lost to the Jets, they could have made history for going winless on the road, but luckily, this win ended a nine road-game losing streak.
“You just kept fighting.”
— Green Bay Packers (@packers) December 24, 2018
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