Aaron Rodgers plots Packers' path to NFL playoffs, but let's be serious

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Green Bay’s season is seemingly lost, but Aaron Rodgers isn’t giving up hope.

Following Sunday night’s 24-17 loss to the Vikings, the Packers quarterback remained optimistic about turning his team’s season around despite the odds that continue to stack against them.

“We’re 0-6 on the road,” Rodgers said, via the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “So we just gotta go back home, get some rest, beat Arizona, and then come back and beat Atlanta. Then go to Chicago, a place we’ve won a number of times, beat them. Go to New York (Jets) around Christmas, beat them. And then come home against Detroit, beat them.

“We’re 4-6-1. Gotta win our last five, and even that might not be enough.”

The Packers could sneak into the playoffs at 9-6-1 if they win their last five meetings and get some help from other teams. A New York Times simulator gives them about a 50 percent chance of making the playoffs if they finish 4-1, and an 86 percent chance if they win their last five.

If Green Bay does miss the playoffs for the second consecutive year, the discord between Rodgers and coach Mike McCarthy will come more into focus.


“I’ve got a lot more gray in the beard than I did a few years ago,” Rodgers said. “So I know that football mortality catches up to everybody, and you never want to lose a season. Especially when you felt great starting the season about our prospects. But we’re going to battle the next five weeks and put ourselves in a position to be in the conversation.”

The Packers are slated to host the Cardinals at 1 p.m. ET in Week 13 action.