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It’s been a case of bye week blues for the Green Bay Packers

The Green Bay Packers find themselves in unfamiliar territory. Not only are they looking at a second-straight season without a playoff berth, but they are also navigating the final four games of the regular season with an interim head coach, having fired Mike McCarthy Sunday after a home loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin will take over and get his shot at auditioning for the head coaching job these four games. Philbin was the offensive coordinator for the Packers from 2007 until 2011, when he took over the Miami Dolphins head coaching job. During the 2011 season, the Packers went 15-1 and Aaron Rodgers one his first MVP award after throwing for 45 touchdowns and just six interceptions.

The Packers are hoping Philbin can rejuvenate this offense, which has been struggling ever since their bye in Week 7. Heading into their bye week, Green Bay was 3-2-1 and averaging 421.0 total yards per game and 371.3 passing yards per game. Since the bye, however, the Packers are averaging only 340.2 yards per game and 232.5 passing yards per game. Worst of all, they’ve gone just 1-5.

It would’ve been hard to imagine back in Week 1 that a game between the Falcons and Packers in Week 14 would have absolutely zero playoff implications. Atlanta is just 4-8 and Green Bay is only slightly better with their 4-7-1 record (which just so happens to be the exact record of the Cleveland Browns).

The 2018 season is a lost cause for the Packers and their fans, and the firing of McCarthy signaled a change in the winds at historic Lambeau Field. Hopefully, Green Bay will find a way back to the postseason next year. January football just isn’t the same without the cheeseheads.

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