Packers’ “Buckeyes Gang” is back, and it’s playing for a title.
The Green Bay Packers (1-2) got off to a fast start with a win over the Washington Redskins on Saturday.
The victory, coupled with the Green Bay defense being a solid unit all week, put them in a position to claim a playoff berth.
“The guys that are playing right now, they’ve got to do a better job,” Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said.
“They’ve got a chance to do that.
I don’t know if it’s just me or I’m not a great motivator, but the guys are doing a good job.”
When you get that first win, it puts you in a good spot to play for a playoff spot.
“The Packers went into the bye week with a five-game winning streak but the schedule will be even tougher.
The NFC East is one of the toughest divisions in the league, with a four-game slate that includes two games against the Green Backs and the Dallas Cowboys.
With the Packers sitting at 5-2 heading into the week, they’re not far off from a wild card spot.
If the Packers can hold off the division-leading Cowboys, they could make the playoffs.
They’re also in the hunt for a first-round bye after the Packers beat the Washington Cowboys 38-13 at Lambeau Field.
The Packers’ defense was a strong unit all season, holding opponents to an average of only 37.5 points per game.
That’s good for eighth in the NFL, behind only the Greenies (42.4), Cowboys (43.2) and Philadelphia Eagles (43).
It was also the highest average point total for a defense since the team started measuring the metric in 2008.
The unit was a solid one against the Redskins, but this time the unit showed why they’re among the league leaders in sacks, giving up just one sack all season.”
We’ve been a consistent, consistent unit for the past two years, and the last two years we’ve been consistently good,” quarterback Aaron Rodgers said.”
But I thought our pass rush was great in the first half, and we’ve got some other guys that did a good bit of work in the second half.
“I thought the secondary was good as well.
It was a good unit, and that’s why we’re so close.
We have to get better.”
The Redskins have dropped three of their last four games, and with that kind of schedule, they have a chance at making the playoffs for the second straight season.
But it’s not all doom and gloom.
The Cowboys (3-1) are tied for the NFL lead with a 4-1 record entering this week, while the Packers have lost two straight.
The Cowboys are playing in the AFC East with the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins, while they play in the NFC West with the San Francisco 49ers.