After losing a close game to the Cincinnati Bengals, the Green Bay Packers fell to 1-2 as they head into their bye week. This bye week will be used as a time for many players, including Clay Matthews, Jermichael Finley, James Starks, and Eddie Lacy, to rehab their various injuries they suffered during the first three weeks of the season. While many people might think the early losing record is a time to panic, they need to look at how the team has played overall during those three games.
The Packers have lost both their games by less than a touchdown and have had chances to win on the final drives. In the season opener against the San Francisco 49ers, the offense drove down the field and scored what would have been the game winning touchdown by Eddie Lacy. But, Colin Kaepernick drove the 49ers right back down the field and scored with under a minute left. In the game against the Bengals, had the Packers converted on the fourth and one play, they would have been able to run time off the clock and more than likely would have held on for the win.
Last season, the year started almost like it did this year for the Packers. They lost the opener to the 49ers, won a decisive game against the Chicago Bears, than lost a heartbreaker to the Seattle Seahawks. The team bounced back from that 1-2 start to win the NFC North and reach the Divisional round of the playoffs. The good news for the Packers is that many of their key players will use this week to get fully healthy. Also, their next game after the bye is against the Detroit Lions, which means that divisional play starts. With the NFC North being one of the strongest divisions in all of football, these games will be key in the Packers’ run to win their third straight division crown.
To sum it up, the Packers have shown that they can bounce back from poor starts. When they won the Super Bowl in 2010, they had to win their last two regular season games just to get into the playoffs. This current season is still young and the Packers still do have what I consider to be the best quarterback in the NFL. It is far too early in the season to panic. It’s just a matter of time before those close losses become victories. Not to mention the fact that we are one up on the Vikings, which is an added bonus in any season!