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technically alive in the NFC playoff race Aaron Ripkowski Color Rush Jersey , it sure feels like last night’s 24-17 loss to the Minnesota Vikings was a death knell for their postseason hopes in 2018. At 4-6-1 with five games left, the Packers sit essentially two games back of Washington, the NFC’s current sixth seed, with three other teams between the Green and Gold and the Wild Card.It’s an ugly situation to be in, and the team knows it. Aaron Rodgers talked about it after Sunday’s game, acknowledging that the team has to win out and get some help to have any hope of making a playoff run.Meanwhile, results around the conference shook up a few playoff spots this week. Seattle’s win in Carolina draws both teams even at 6-5, and Dallas’ victory over Washington did the same. The Cowboys now hold a lead in the NFC East, however, with Washington clinging to tiebreakers over the Seahawks and Panthers for the time being.Here’s a look at where things stand heading into week 13.Current Playoff Teams1. New Orleans Saints (10-1)2. Los Angeles Rams (10-1)3. Chicago Bears (8-3)4. Dallas Cowboys (6-5)5. Minnesota Vikings (6-4-1)6. Washington (6-5)Still in the hunt7. Seattle Seahawks (6-5)8. Carolina Panthers (6-5)9. Philadelphia Eagles (5-6)10. Green Bay Packers (4-6-1)Probably done11. Atlanta Falcons (4-7)12. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-7)13. Detroit Lions (4-7)14. New York Giants (3-8)15. Arizona Cardinals (2-9)16. San Francisco 49ers (2-9) The veteran tight end surprisingly re-signed in Green Bay after a quiet 2018 that saw him struggle to get on the field.” />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesAcme Packing Company homepageHorizontal – WhiteAcme Packing Companya Green Bay Packers communityFollow Acme Packing Company online:Follow Acme Packing Company on TwitterFollow Acme Packing Company on FacebookFollow Acme Packing Company on InstagramLog in or sign upLog InSign UpSite searchSearchSearchAcme Packing Company main menuFanpostsFanshotsSectionsPackersOddsAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 321 blogs on Horizontal – WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections The APC PodcastPackers Film RoomFantasy Football Advicestruggle to get on the field.CDTWelcome back to another edition of Acme Packing Company’s ranking of the Green Bay Packers’ 90-man roster. This edition covers players ranked 40th through 36th.Thanks to a tie for the 40th spot in the rankings, this group of players has six members rather than our usual five. However, this group consists of players at every experience level, from 13-year NFL veterans to rookie draft picks. And although all of these players have a clear path to the roster in one way or another, one in particular is likely to get a much more prominent role on the team than he had a year ago.<hr class=”p-entry-hr” id=”XfJwY9″>T-40: JK Scott, punterIn his first year out of Alabama, the 2018 fifth-round draft pick had a bit of a tough adjustment to the NFL. Scott had a decent enough 44.7 gross average, which was a few tenths of a yard better than Justin Vogel’s mark from the year before and finished third for a single season in Packers history. However https://www.thepackersfanshop.com/Demetri-Goodson-Jersey , his net average was much worse at 38.8 yards, and he struggled significantly to pin his kicks inside the 20-yard line.With a new special teams coordinator on board, the job remains his for the upcoming season. His long, lanky frame and the ability he showed in college — both in his directional ability and his ability to boom kicks — suggest that he can become a very good NFL punter. But he needs to be more consistent to live up to his high draft status, especially since Michael Dickson, who went a handful of picks ahead of Scott, earned All-Pro honors as a rookie.T-40: DeShone Kizer, quarterbackLike Scott, Kizer needs to improve this summer to live up to his excellent physical tools. His two lengthy outings relieving Aaron Rodgers in 2018 showed why the Cleveland Browns were all too happy to move on from him last offseason. First, he effectively gave the game away in one quarter of action against the Bears when filling in for Rodgers after he suffered his knee injury. Only a ridiculous second half by number 12 salvaged the turnover-fest that ensued with Kizer in the game.Then in week 17 with Rodgers pulled due to a concussion, Kizer again struggled mightily. He completed just 16 of 35 passes for 132 yards and an interception. As he did in the preseason, Kizer had his best production with his feet, scrambling four times for 40 yards.Perhaps one of the biggest issues facing Kizer in his third year in the NFL is the fact that he will be learning a new offense and playing for a new head coach for the third time. His physical skills give him the inside track on the backup quarterback job, but it is by no means a guarantee that he will hold on to it.39: Raven Greene, safetyOne of the bright spots in the preseason last year was Greene, a rangy deep safety who made a few great plays on the football in training camp and helped out with some nice special teams support. That earned him a spot on the roster, which he eventually parlayed into a key role on special teams and a few games as a useful reserve and key player when other safeties suffered injuries.nose tackle a year ago for Texas A&M because his team needed him more there JK Scott Jersey , and responded with an impressive 7.5-sack season.Capable of playing just about any position on the line, he impressed at the Senior Bowl as a three-technique tackle and interior rusher, the same position as former fourth-round pick Mike Daniels. Keke should immediately be considered as a backup for the veteran, and a good performance in 2019 could make him the heir apparent if the team elects to move on from Daniels when his contract expires after the season.T-36: Marcedes Lewis, tight endAfter a year spent languishing on the bench with Mike McCarthy in charge, Lewis agreed with another former Packers tight end — Martellus Bennett — on how unfriendly the former Packers coach’s offense was for the position. However, with Matt LaFleur arriving to run the show and feature the position more heavily in 2019, Lewis returned on a one-year deal, reuniting with new offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett.At this stage of his career, Lewis’ size and blocking ability are his best assets. The former helps with his catch radius, however, as he did have one particularly memorable catch a year ago in the preseason. Furthermore, his longest catch in the regular season, a 30-yarder, came on a throwback pass design like the ones LaFleur’s offense will likely use frequently. Look for him to be on the field a lot more in 2019 than the 191 snaps he played a year ago.
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