Coach LaFleur’s Priorities for 2019 Should Be Crystal Clear
To: Packers Players and Coaches
The Season’s priorities are as follows:
Beat the Vikings, and then beat them again.
Beat the Bears, and then beat them again.
Beat the Lions, and then beat them again.
Be fully motivated to win games against the poorer teams in the league.
Arrive fully motivated for away games, or don’t even get on the plane.
The easiest way to reach the playoff is to dominate your 4-team division. Going back eight years, to 2011, the Pack went 6-0 versus its neighbors. In 2012, 2014, and 2016 they went 5-1. The landslide began in 2016, with the Pack going 2-4 against the division rivals, and last year they were 1-4-1 – but for the miracle comeback in Week 1 against Chicago, Green Bay would have gone win-less in the division.
In the eight most recent clashes with the Vikings, the Packers are but 2-5-1.
Detroit has vanquished the Packers four consecutive times – this from a team that has gone 11-17, not counting playing the Packers, over that 2-year span.
Last year the Packers lost to the Skins (7-9 in 2018), twice to the Lions (6-10), the Cardinals (3-13) and had to go to overtime be beat the Jets (4-12).
This year the Packers will face the Redskins and Panthers (7-9 in 2018), Broncos (6-10), Lions twice (6-10), Giants (5-11), and Raiders and 49ers (4-12). You’d certainly like to win at least seven out of the eight.
At home in 2019, the Packers play only one team that made the playoffs this past year, the Bears.
Away from home, the schedule is daunting. Five of these opponents were in the playoffs in 2018: the Chiefs, Eagles, Cowboys, and Charges all won once, while the Bears were bounced out by the Eagles in their wild card game.