After a disappointing 2014 NFL season, the Green Bay Packers roared into the current campaign firing on all cylinders.
Six wins in a row, notably against the rival Chicago Bears in the first game of the season, and getting revenge on the Seattle Seahawks after 3 defeats in a row, left many Packers fans expecting a perfect record during the normal season, and home advantage in the second round of the play off's.
But, since their bye in week 7, the gaps are starting to show on an injury-hit team. The Packers have won just once since the start of November.
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Issues piling up
Injuries have started to add up for Mike McCarthy's men. Star receiver Jordy Nelson has been out for the whole season, whilst Devante Adams has been probable most weeks and Clay Mathews and Eddie Lacy both played with light injuries in last Thursday's defeat to theChicago Bears.
Aaron Rodgers, too, has also complained of late of numbness in his left arm.
A lack of form for Eddie Lacy will also be a concern. His fumble against the Bears, mixed with some average defending, probably lost the game for Green Bay.
It was his third fumble of the season, already equalling the amount he let the rock slip in the whole of 2014. His rushing average, too, is down to 3.9 yards, below his career average of 4.6.
One shining light for the Packers has, of course, been star player Aaron Rodgers, his first TD against the bears last night saw him become the fastest player to reach 250 TDs.
His pass completion rate for the season, meanwhile, is higher than his career success rate, despite his skeleton crew of wide receivers.
Keeping him fit will be an imperative if the Packers have any hope of laying their hands on the Super Bowl
Green Bay will be hoping that they can find some form and some vengeance against a weak (but improving) Detroit Lions Team on December 3.
If they win their remaining five games they would be expected to win the NFC North Division as the Vikings have difficult games against the Seahawks and the Falcons. but it appears likely that it will all come down to the final game of the normal season, where the Packers and Vikings meet at the Lambeau Field.