After last weekend's loss to the Detroit Lions, the Packers look like a completely different team than they've been in years past. They currently are sitting at 2-2-1, and now CBS Sports' most recent projections have Green Bay on the outside of the playoff picture looking in.
Let's identify eight big reasons why CBS and the rest of the skeptics are wrong about the fate of the Pack this season.
8. McCarthy and Rodgers Will Get Back on the Same Page
Over the past couple of weeks, reporting was handed down that Packers head coach Mike McCarthy and star quarterback Aaron Rodgers have not had the best relationship of late. Like every marriage, there are ups and downs, and this is just something that the two need to work through. The odds are in their favor.
7. Emergence of Aaron Jones
Since running back Aaron Jones returned from his two-week suspension, he's averaged over six yards per carry. If the Packers can get him involved even more, they'll be able to take more pressure off Rodgers and keep opponents off-balance.
6. Talent of Reciever Corps
Green Bay's receivers, when healthy, make up one of the most underrated skill player groups in the league from a pure talent standpoint. Jimmy Graham remains one of the best in the league at the tight end position. Davante Adams has emerged as a true No. 1 wideout. Randall Cobb is a consistent X-factor in the slot. Geronimo Allison is an exciting threat who's beginning to emerge. If they can all stay on the field, this passing attack won't be stopped.
5. Home Field Advantage
Green Bay boasts one of the best home field advantages in all of sports. No matter what team is visiting, the Pack are always in the game when they're playing in Lambeau Field. Their remaining home opponents include the 49ers, Dolphins, Cardinals, Lions and a banged-up Falcons team. If they can run the table in these games and win even just one or two on the road, they'll have a solid shot at returning to the playoffs after missing out a year ago.
4. Relative Weakness of the NFC
Outside of the Rams and Saints, there is no clear-cut favorite to punch a ticket for the postseason out of the NFC. The Eagles, Vikings, and Falcons have all regressed compared to how they looked last year, which leaves a lot of open spots to fill.
3. Division Totally Up for Grabs
The NFC North is one of the most intriguing divisions in the NFL in terms of sussing out who's got the best shot to finish first. To their credit, the Packers have already beaten the emerging Bears once and tied with loaded Vikings, which gives them a strong case in the event of a potential tiebreaker situation.
2. Key Players Are Getting Healthy
Last week, the Packers almost played without their top three receivers until Davante Adams willed himself to play and acquitted himself well. The lack of help Rodgers got on the offense due to this was a huge reason why the team fell to the Lions. The Packers, Rodgers included, need to just get healthy enough to sneak into at least a Wild Card spot. It's up to them to prove they have just enough depth to make that happen.
1. Aaron. Rodgers.
The single most important reason that the Packers are still alive is the man in the No. 12 jersey. Aaron Rodgers is generational talent, and there is an argument to be made that he is the most skilled quarterback of all time. When the former MVP and Super Bowl champ is under center, Green Bay has a chance to win. Period.