MINNEAPOLIS – There’s a great team somewhere on this Green Bay Packers roster, maybe even able to come out of a really heavy NFC and give the organization their first Super Bowl spot in over a decade. .
At least I think so. It’s hard to be sure this squad can be special as the season is 11 weeks old and the Packers haven’t written those kind of full performances that make you think, yes this squad has what it takes to win a championship.
It always seems that something is missing.
The Packers are 8-3 after a 34-31 loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday at US Bank Stadium. They came out on the wrong side of what Matt LaFleur called “an emotional roller coaster” and the loss, in and of itself, was not catastrophic.
But it offered another example of a Green Bay team that can’t seem to put it all together. The offense has struggled lately, but arguably had its best outing of the season on Sunday. The defense, meanwhile, has been absent against the Vikings after carrying the team for weeks.
What about special teams? Well, that may be the one area of the squad that has become predictable: they are consistently dominated by their opponent week after week.
“We know that to achieve all of our goals, we need all three phases of shooting at the highest level possible,” said LaFleur. “And it’s been a bit of that, a lot, and it’s definitely good that you can find different ways to win games, but at the end of the day we need everyone to hit their peak at the right time and we have not been able to do this consistently within a game. “