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The Packers are 1-2.
Green Bay played 3 playoff teams from a season ago, and could easily be 3-0. They were in every game, but penalties, turnovers and the like flipped that record to 1-2.
There are 13 games left in the regular season, and the Packers won't be seeing a stretch like they did to start the season. There are four very winnable games in October and if the Packers don't go at least 3-1, then it might be cause for concern. Detroit and Cleveland at home should be wins, and Green Bay should be able to win one of the two games in Minnesota and Baltimore.
To win 10 games, the Packers would have to go 9-4 the rest of the way. Let's say that Green Bay loses to New York, Atlanta, Chicago AND Baltimore. That's still a 10-6 record, and historically speaking, that will get you into the playoffs way more often than not.
The bye week is coming at an opportune time, giving the likes of Eddie Lacy, James Starks, JerMichael Finley, Casey Hayward, Clay Matthews and Morgan Burnett to get healthy. That's right. The Packers should have beaten Cincy without this crew for all or most of the game.
Stand down, Packers fans. This season will be ok.