Nicole Haase. 13th December, 2008 - 2:16 am
Apparently the first 14 weeks were just practice for the Green Bay Packers as coach Mike McCarthy told the Packers? official Web site this week that ?It?s time to fight?It?s time to fight in every aspect of our play.?
Thank you, McCarthy, for putting into words exactly the fears that Packer fans have had all season.
It?s obvious that McCarthy just doesn?t have a clue.
His team has been struggling all season, but apparently he just clued in to it this week, when it?s too late. Mathematically, the Packers aren?t yet eliminated from the playoffs, but they have to win out, have Minnesota lose out and have Chicago lose a game in addition to their game against the Packers to close the season.
However, if anything could kick-start they?re flat-lining playoff hopes, a visit to Jacksonville is probably it.
There?s not another team in the league who could understand the Packers? situation better than the Jaguars. Jacksonville was an 11-5 post-season participant in 2007.
In 2008, Jacksonville lost for the sixth time in seven games last Sunday at Chicago.
Averaging just around 200 yards-per-game on offense, the Jaguars lost RB Fred Taylor to injury. While the Packers are awful against the run, Jacksonville now has no change-of-pace back to speak of, and Green Bay should be able to focus all their attention on Maurice Jones-Drew.
Jacksonville will also be without their leading receiver Matt Jones, as he?s serving a three-game suspension for violating the league?s substance abuse policy.
However, they may have been looking to get a leg-up on the competition when the signed rookie cornerback Kennard Cox off the Packers? practice squad earlier this week.
Packers? players may be a bit a tentative this week as it has to be in the back of their heads that three teammates have suffered torn ACLs in the past five weeks.
The road team has won each of the only three times these teams have met, which bodes well for Green Bay.
At this point, the Packers will take whatever help they can get and have to be looking for a way to salvage some pride and get themselves set up for next season.
And Packers' fans are ready for the misery to end.