MINNEAPOLIS – Aaron Rodgers promises one thing.
Not that the Green Bay Packers will "run the table" – the spell in 2016 when they are 4-6 and win all the way to the NFC Championship Game.
It belonged to itself after missing a chance Sunday night in Minnesota, where the Packers fell to 0-6 on the road and 4-6-1 overall with a defeat 24-17 Sunday night at the US Bank Stadium.
"I know I have to play better," he said. "But I will do it. And we will put ourselves in position."
And that's how Rodgers ended his postgame press conference.
Mike McCarthy's decision was backfired for two consecutive weeks, causing the Packers to fall into the hands of the Vikings and put their playoff hopes in danger.
Kirk Cousins bounced back from his worst game for Minnesota with 342 passing yards and three goals without turnover, and the Vikings overcame a few early mistakes to outlive the Green Bay Packers who were out for victory 24-17 on Sunday night.
Quarterback Packers Aaron Rodgers, who grew up in Chico, California, donated $ 1 million to victims of wildfires that raged in his home country.
But before that, he admitted that even the best might not be enough to save the season. Yes, they have five matches that can be won given their remaining schedules related to the Rams for the easiest in the NFL. But after losing the tiebreaker to the Vikings, they can still miss the playoffs at 9-6-1.
"You can push the numbers there," Rodgers said. "I can tell you 8-7-1 won't come in. I don't think.
"We are in the place we are now recording. We will need help from several teams and then we have to take care of our own business, you know? We have to find a way to win the game on the road. We are 0-6 on the road. go home, rest, beat Arizona … and then go back and beat Atlanta … then go to Chicago, the place we won a few times, beat them … go to New York around Christmas, beat them … and then go home against Detroit, beat them. Get a little help. "
As he has done for most of the season, Rodgers' game isn't bad. He just wasn't as precise as last season. After the match, he regretted the overthrow of Davante Adams for what would be a 20-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter and bounced bait at the foot of rookie Equanimeous St. Brown, the throw he blamed on his grip. A week earlier in Seattle, he reflected a third pass key at the foot of Marquez Valdes-Scantling in the last possession.
If the Packers lose the playoffs, it will be the first time they have done it in a number of years since Rodgers started in 2008. Last year, he missed half the season with a broken collarbone. This year, he starts every match despite a knee injury on Week 1 which he thinks is no longer a factor.
"It was really frustrating," said Rodgers, whose only Super Bowl came in the 2010 season. "Obviously, I have more gray hair on my beard than I did a few years ago. So I know that the death of soccer caught everyone, and you never want to lose the season – especially when you feel great starting the season about our prospects, but we will fight the next five weeks and put ourselves in a position to be in conversation. So hopefully that will be enough, and as always I said, you just came in. So, we have to win these five and see what happens. "
Rodgers refers to the 2016 season, when the playoffs looked like a long shot with a 4-6 record.
The Packers are still looking for the "galvanizing moment" that Rodgers referred to 10 days earlier after losing in Seattle.
"We'll see what we made from the last five weeks," Rodgers said. "Will we stay together in these difficult times, or will we start a split? I want to think that leadership is in a place that we can stay together through whatever happens, but these five weeks will show it."