Born out of a series of Tweets by commenter @RandBallsStu, an idea by your humble proprietor and a sick thirst to rile up Packers fans for no good reason, we present the second installment of our series called, "The Increasingly Lost Season." In this series, Stu will give a brief recap of the Packers' misfortunes as they tumble from 15-1 Super Bowl repeat team of destiny to Randy Wright-esque putridity (even if, in all likelihood, they really don't).
Can a team that is on a 3-game winning streak, that is 5-3 and fighting for a playoff spot, be said to be in trouble? In an increasingly lost season, the Green Bay Packers can.
There has been a lot of discussion in the media about Nate Silver, the baseball statistics guru who is analyzing the 2012 election for the New York Times at www.fivethirtyeight.com
. By running the numbers and coming up with statistical probabilities for the presidential race, he’s angered the Joe Morgans of the political world, who have chosen to be angry at math, because that’s what happens in this country. (“Tell us about it,” said the pile of discarded, buckshot-riddled kilometer signs that are all that remains of the Metric Conversion Act of 1975
In the case of the Green Bay Packers, math is also the enemy. No, this is not a cheap shot about BAC and Wisconsin drivers. Quite simply, add up all the parts they’re missing (Charles Woodson, Greg Jennings and Jordy Nelson, among the most notable), and even a rejuvenated-if-still-erratic Aaron Rodgers can only keep this patchwork outfit afloat for so long. A blocked punt (check the math on turnover luck, too) and practice squad receivers may allow you to eke out a win against a dreadful, MJD-less Jacksonville team at Lambeau, but against superior divisional opponents like the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings? As Chris Webber would say, “Good luck.”
That said, they welcome another beatable team to the Fox River Valley this Sunday, as the nosediving Arizona Cardinals come to town. A 6-3 record is not out of the question for this paper tiger. Given what awaits, you have to wonder if a loss now would be better overall for the team and its rabid fan base, rather than another victory getting their hopes up before they’re inevitably, permanently dashed. In an increasingly lost season, the answer seems clear.