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Green Bay Packers: Moving up in the face of adversity

 

The Packers defense, even without Clay Matthews, was very effective against the Detroit Lions last weekend. The team hopes for much of the same this coming weekend at Baltimore. Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports photograph

 

With the 22-9 win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday the Green Bay Packers moved up one spot on the power rankings to number 11.

They also made up some ground on the NFC North Leaders Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions.  The Bears, Packers, and Lions occupy the tenth, eleventh, and twelfth spots on the power rankings, respectively.

This weekend, the Packers have the chance to move up again as they prepare for a tilt with the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens. Though the Packers moved up one spot among NFC teams, from sixth to fifth, they have yet to win on the road this season.  A win this weekend will be the statement the Packers need to make to let people know they can, in fact, go on the road and win.

With Clay Matthews out for a month many people might believe our defense is in trouble. Aaron Rodgers doesn’t see it that way stating “I think you just keep putting your faith in the defense and in guys stepping up,” on his weekly radio show.

Packers OLB Mike Neal
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We all know the Packers have dealt with injuries in the past and have faced much adversity. Let’s be real, however – this is the Green Bay Packers. Their most recent Super Bowl win came when they powered into and through the playoffs as a beat up sixth seed. If one guy goes down there will always be another guy to give us his best.

This will be true this weekend.

We can’t dwell on injuries because they are what they are. We have a game to win this weekend and soon enough Clay will be out there again wreaking havoc in the backfield.

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