‘Three difficult games’ await Packers in playoff quest

GREEN BAY — Stuck around their bye week, the Packers have beaten two teams, the Bears and Rams, whose seasons are going nowhere.

Now the real work begins.

In the middle of the AFC wildcard chase, if the Packers are to win 9-8 and earn a shot at a playoff spot, they need to beat a Dolphins team, a Vikings team that has prevailed the NFC North and is chasing the conference No. 2, and a Lions team is battling for its first postseason berth in six years.

“These are all good football teams,” said quarterback Aaron Rodgers after Monday night’s 24-12 triumph over the Rams at Lambeau Field. “Miami is playing for the playoffs. Minnesota is obviously a division winner and has pulled off a big win. Detroit won, eh, six out of seven, they’re playing really well. So it will be three difficult games.”

However, this Packers team believes they can win for a variety of reasons.

First, aside from All-Pro left tackle David Bakhtiari, they’re the healthiest they’ve had all season.

Second, they’ve compiled a 20-minute cumulative possession advantage over their last two wins, a good formula to help an up-and-down defense.