Everyone is a little frustrated the Green Bay Packers can’t quite get over the hump, including the players, but while the Packers could have won every game they played this season, only two teams have gone through an NFL regular season undefeated.
There have been some close losses. There was the missed opportunity to make a statement to the rest of the league in Atlanta. The Packers are close, but not quite there. Everyone gets it.
The encouraging thing is no one is feeling sorry for themselves. In fact, quite the opposite.
Here’s a sampling from the Packers locker room on Thursday.
Here’s Ryan Pickett.
“This has probably been one of the greatest teams I’ve been on as far as just playing, and the closeness of the players around this locker room. There’s no doubt we can be better than what we’ve been.”
Here’s Aaron Rodgers.
“You don’t want to be remembered as just a good team, a team that made some plays and couldn’t take that next jump to being an elite football team. I saw something written about us this week that said we’re still just a good football team. Obviously that’s not something you want to be remembered as.”
Here’s Cullen Jenkins.
“It’s about learning how to finish, it’s been our biggest issue. Competing hasn’t been a problem. We’ve competed against every team we played. That’s a good sign to know that every game you’ve played in you know you have the ability to win it. We just have got to learn how to close them out.”
So, at least everyone knows what’s going on, but, as they say, talk is cheap.
The Packers will have to back it up down the stretch. After what are expected to be two wins against San Francisco and at Detroit, the Packers close at New England, New York Giants at home, and Chicago Bears at home.
We’ll know who these Packers are based on how they play in those final three games.