Remember last year when the Packers lost to a winless Tampa Bay team?
Or in 2007 when they lost to the lowly Bears—twice?
Sunday’s loss at Detroit was the 2010 version of that. When it happened last year in Tampa the team dropped to 4-4, and the prospects of reaching the playoffs appeared to be pretty bleak. The Pack had just lost to the worst team in the league and were about to face one of the best the following week, the Dallas Cowboys. Fans were saying that Mike McCarthy should be fired, that Ted Thompson should be burned at the stake for letting Brett Favre go and that all the preseason hype was, well, hype.
The team went 7-1 from that point forward and finished with a very respectable 11-5 record, including a win the next week against Dallas.
Sunday’s loss at Detroit was a stinker, and on top of that, New England—a team that is regarded as the best in the league and is very tough at home—is next on the schedule. To make matters worse, it is happening at a time when the Packers need wins to get into the playoffs. The team remains a game behind in the division and at the moment, out of the playoffs (if they started today).
There are three games left against good teams. After New England, it's the Giants, who are the main competition for a wild card, then Chicago, who is the main competition for the division. So this game against Detroit was an important game that should have been won.
But like the situation last year, it’s not time to panic. There are three games left and the team could still finish 11-5 or 10-6. Chicago is also only one game ahead, and they looked pretty bad on Sunday. The Packers still control their own destiny. It’s likely that winning two of the next three will get them to the playoffs.
Moral of the story: Don’t be one of those fans that calls for McCarthy to be fired because he had a few questionable calls on Sunday. Don’t call for Thompson’s job because he didn’t trade for Marshawn Lynch. And don’t write off the season because of one ugly loss.
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