Packers bye week ends with team assessing good and bad

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) The Packers have to love the parity in the NFL right now. Despite a 3-2-1 start, Green Bay is only a half-game out of the division lead at their bye week, but their playoff chances could go bye-bye without better play in a brutal month of November.

After going to Los Angeles to face the 7-0 Rams next week, Green Bay visits the Patriots, hosts the Dolphins, travels to Seattle, and then to Minnesota in a brutal stretch.

“We are a couple plays away from being 4-2 or 5-1 and definitely a couple ways from being the other way,” Aaron Rodgers said. “We are thankful to be 3-2-1 right now and we realize what's in front of us now. This type of play might not get it done against the next opponents, so we have to play better.”

The Packers finally got a great start on offense Monday against San Fran, with 17 first quarter points. But the defense didn't deliver early. Mike Pettine's crew ranks 29th of 32 teams in first half scoring defense this year. But that same unit ranks 2nd overall in the 2nd half. Clay Matthews finally got his first full sack to force a punt late, one of 3 consecutive stops that helped deliver a win before the bye.

“You take stuff away from this because you put yourself in situations where the moment is not too big and you can fall back on it,” Clay Matthews said. “Whether it's the overtime against the Vikings, or trying to come back against Detroit, or this one where we go down and knock a field goal in. It just helps build character in the adversity knowing that no moment is too big.”

“The thing is you just have to know that,” Kevin King said. “The thing about this game is it is really not one game. I don't know how many plays we had out there, but it's a repetition of one play. We are out there doing 60 plays one time. We have to regroup, regroup, regroup. I think we went out there and did that.”

The offense was clutch as well with 10 pts in the final 2 minutes.

“It's big,” Davante Adams said. “The confidence in just know that you've been there, in some adversity before and capitalized on it. Really it's almost routine for us at this point. It's not like if we get it done we are happy, it's like we did it and that's what we are supposed to do.”

The state of the Packers, is still uneasy. Things haven't been as easy as they should be as the offense needed that miracle to top 30 points for the first time all season.

“With 12, and these receivers, and the O line we have, we have a lot more than 30 points in us,” Jimmy Graham said. “Hopefully we can just keep putting it together and learn from this and just launch. We want to get to where we are scoring every time we touch the ball. We have to play a full game and we will get there, we really will.”

The Packers hope to get Randall Cobb and Geronimo Allison back with week, and Rodgers hopes to finally be rid of the cumbersome brace on his left knee. Mobility will be needed against the schedule that awaits.