The Packers playoff chances are slim. On the other hand, Aaron Rodgers knows all about improbable comebacks

Even after Green Bay racked up back-to-back wins via a 24-12 victory over the Los Angeles Rams on Monday, the Packers’ (6-8) chances of reaching the playoffs at the end of the season remain slim.

First they need to win their last three games – in Miami ahead of visits from Minnesota and Detroit. They then need Seattle to lose at least once, Washington at least twice, and the New York Giants to lose all three of their remaining games.

Aaron Rodgers knows all this.

That made Rodgers’ post-race media session even more enjoyable, as he frankly discussed the peloton’s chances, charted the scenarios for success and sent positive messages to his own dressing room, while perhaps sowing doubt in the opposing team if it came to that. .

He acted mostly like a man who has spent his career orchestrating improbable comebacks in the fourth quarter, some of them in the 21 playoff games he has started.

Here at the end of a season marked by unusual failures – eight losses for the Packers, ten interceptions thrown by Rodgers – he might have been expected, given a glimmer of hope, to revert to his old confident, even cocky self.

Even if those two wins were against 3-win Chicago and 4-win LA – not exactly a killer row.

‘We have two [victories]Rodgers said. “I have two in the bag. See, before Bears week, some of us looking ahead knew we had to win five and then a lot of things had to come our way.

“So we’ve won two and just about everything that needed to be done has gone our way, so it’s looking good…”

He’s not wrong. Things look good, if only because they couldn’t have looked worse. Earlier this season, Green Bay lost five games in a row.

The Packers are unlikely to make the playoffs.  But don't blame Aaron Rodgers, who has made many improbable comebacks in his career, for increasing his chances now that they've won two games in a row.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

The Packers are unlikely to make the playoffs. But don’t blame Aaron Rodgers, who has led many improbable comebacks in his career, for increasing their chances now that they’ve won two games in a row. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

This was classic Rodgers, though, and it was probably a very purposeful statement of pseudo-confidence, designed to inspire his teammates that the near impossible is possible.

When ESPN’s Lisa Salters mentioned to Rodgers after the game that all three remaining opponents have winning records, Rodgers stopped her to remark, “Well, one of them is at .500 right now.”

That would be the 7-7 Lions, a franchise that has tortured Rodgers over the years. Rodgers later admitted that Detroit is playing “really well,” but he’d still like to try some mind games in case the season finale in Lambeau turns out to be a win-or-go-home proposition.

Chances are the playoffs will go without Rodgers and the Packers for the first time since 2018, so maybe this was just his chance to stay in the mix for as long as possible. Or maybe he really believes?

“We have two at home, on this field, in cold weather, and Miami at Christmas,” Rodgers said. “Start with Miami, get a good performance and win.

“Many things have come our way with other teams that we had to lose, lose,” he continued. “We need a little more of that. Get things done and see where we are at the end of the season.”

He wasn’t ready yet.

“They’re all good football teams,” Rodgers acknowledged. “Miami is in the playoffs, Minnesota is the division winner and Detroit has won six out of seven, they’re playing really well. It’s going to be three really tough games.

“But two of them are at home against dome teams [Minnesota, Detroit],” he continued. “It’s going to be January for those two. We’ve been notoriously pretty good at those games over the years. This [Miami] is important because it is on the move, they have a powerful attack. They’ve been up and down in recent weeks, so maybe we’ll catch them at a good time.”

Could be. This has been a tough season for Rodgers. His unwillingness to commit to a return this year played a role in the departure of top receiver Davante Adams to Las Vegas. Finding a replacement has been a long process.

Rookie Christian Watson is certainly no Adams, but he’s playing better and, as Rodgers points out, he’s not lacking in speed. “When he gets into space, everyone holds their breath,” Rodgers said.

Of course, that’s when Green Bay goes up against lousy teams that are usually in control. The Rams are an injury-ridden mess,” no one was mad about that [Aaron Donald] didn’t play,” Rodgers noted.

So now he’s trying to pull an inside flush and make his way back to the playoffs. The Packers have to be perfect. Many other teams have to stumble. Rodgers keeps pointing out that it’s not over.

“We can beat anyone,” said Rodgers. “We can also lose to anyone. But when you win a few games, it gives you confidence that you can go to Miami and win… a lot to play for, a game and a half away from the playoffs.”

It would be one of his most bizarre comebacks ever.

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