GREEN BAY, Wis. - Mike McCarthy isn't there yet, but his strong words at the end of his opening statement after Sunday night's game could have been interpreted as coming from someone ready to wave the white flag.
"Six losses puts your ass against the wall, and that's where we are," the 11th-year head coach lamented after the Green Bay Packers dropped to 4-6.
Their alarming losing streak reached four games after the host Washington Redskins pulled away in the closing minutes for a 42-24 win.
Not only is Green Bay two games behind NFC North co-front-runners Detroit and Minnesota with six games to play, but the Packers' seven-year run of advancing to the playoffs is endangered.
The only time they qualified for the postseason with more than six losses during McCarthy's successful tenure was in 2013. Green Bay slumped without injured quarterback Aaron Rodgers for most of the second half of that season before Rodgers returned to lead a thrilling last-minute win at the rival Chicago Bears in Week 17 to earn the Packers the division title at 8-7-1.
In the throes of the team's longest losing streak since 2008, his first season as a starter, not even Rodgers can predict that Green Bay's backs, er, butts being against the wall will be enough to spur a remarkable turnaround down the stretch.
"Yeah, if you win, if you bounce back and win," it could happen, Rodgers said after the Packers' second straight double-digit defeat on the road. "We've put ourselves in a tough spot. So, we've got to find a way to get a win next week, approach it one week at a time. That's all we've got right now. We're in a tough stretch."
Green Bay concludes what's shaping up to be a telltale three-game road swing by playing the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday night, Nov. 28.
And, there's no telling just how many more points the Packers will give up after another frightening performance by their defense.
Behind the deep-ball precision of quarterback Kirk Cousins, the Redskins racked up 515 total yards, a season high allowed by Green Bay. Cousins threw for 375 yards and three touchdowns in a turnover-free game for Washington.
The Packers have an allowed an average of more than 420 yards per outing during their four-game skid. What's more, opponents have scored 153 points, the highest total against Green Bay in a four-game stretch since 1951.
"You can't win ballgames giving up that many points, no matter who's on offense," defensive back Micah Hyde said. "Our offense can score a lot of points and move the ball, do what they do, but if we give up that many points, we're not going to win any games. And we've seen that the last couple of weeks."