Green Bay Packers: What You Need to Know Heading into Week 16

Matt Stein@MatthewJSteinCorrespondent IIDecember 17, 2013

Will Aaron Rodgers return for Week 16?
Will Aaron Rodgers return for Week 16?Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

The Green Bay Packers got their signature win of the 2013 season in Week 15 against the Dallas Cowboys. Down by 23 at the half, the Packers scored on five straight possessions in the second half to ultimately win the game by a score of 37-36.

Now the Packers head into Week 16 in control of their own destiny thanks to a loss on Monday night from the Detroit Lions. Now Green Bay will win the NFC North if it wins its final two games.

That first game takes place on Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Let's take a look at everything you need to know heading into this matchup.

Division Standings

NFC North Division Standings
TeamRecordNext Game
Chicago Bears8-6@ Philadelphia Eagles
Green Bay Packers7-6-1vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Detroit Lions7-7vs. New York Giants
Minnesota Vikings4-9-1@ Cincinnati Bengals

As bad as the NFC North has been at times, it's also been one of the most exciting divisions in all of football. In fact, it's likely that the division title is going to be decided in the Week 17 matchup between the Packers and Chicago Bears.

Of course, Green Bay needs to get past Pittsburgh first, which will be no cakewalk of a game. The Bears also have a difficult matchup this week with a road game against the Philadelphia Eagles

As for the Lions, they now need a ton of help from both the Packers and Bears to even have a chance at making the playoffs, but they still have a slight chance. Simply put, the NFC North is going to be the division to watch in the NFL over the final two weeks.

Injury Report

Green Bay Packers Injury Report
Brandon BostickTEFoot
Johnny JollyDLShoulder
Aaron RodgersQBCollarbone
C.J. WilsonDLAnkle

Another week and the Packers continued to stay relatively healthy. In fact, the only lost players against the Cowboys were tight end Brandon Bostick and defensive end Johnny Jolly.

As for your weekly Aaron Rodgers update, it appears as if we will all have to wait until Wednesday at the earliest before a decision is made, according to Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel.

Outside of Rodgers, the majority of the Packers' key players now are healthy. This is exactly what Green Bay needs heading into a push to the playoffs.

What Must Improve

The only word the Packers need to practice for the upcoming week is consistency.

Over the past two games, the Packers defense has given up a total of 47 points in the first half of those games. In the second half, the defense only gave up 10 points.

As for the offense, it's a similar story. Against the Atlanta Falcons and Cowboys the offense only had 13 points in the first half and 46 in the second half.

Just think about that for a second. Had the Packers played the first half of the last two games like they played the third and fourth quarter they would have outscored the Falcons and Cowboys 92-10.

That's why the consistency of this team has to improve heading into the final two games. With a trip to the playoffs in their own hands, the Packers need to put together four straight halves of great football.


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