The Packers‘ lead in the NFC North went from two to two and a half games on Sunday. “The resulting 37-13 loss dropped the Lions into a second-place tie with the Bears (6-3) and shook their confidence to the core,” writes Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “If the Packers (8-0) win their next two games, as they’re favored to do, the best the Lions will be able to do on Thanksgiving Day is draw within two games of the pacesetters.” The Packers’ lead will go up to a full three games with a win tonight or back down to two with a loss.
Former Packers cornerback Al Harris suffered a serious injury on Sunday with a suspected torn ACL. “Chances are this injury could end of Harris (sic), who was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the sixth round in 1997,” writes Brad Biggs of the National Football Post. “Harris excelled as a nickel back for five seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles before heading to Green Bay.” Harris sustained the injury playing cornerback for the Rams in their game Sunday against the Browns.
The record-setting pace of the Packers offense is examined by Kareem Copeland of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “The 2011 Packers currently lead the league with 34.4 points a game and are on pace to finish the season with 550 points, which would rank right behind those Patriots and Vikings for third all-time,” writes Copeland. The article goes onto look at the team’s perception that the rest of the league will be game planning how to stop them.
Calling for Vic So’oto to get a chance playing defense for the Packers is Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “You still have to wonder if a defense that needs the help shouldn’t give So’oto at least a handful of rushes, with no possibility of dropping into coverage, to see if he can juice their rush,” writes Dougherty. Defensive coordinator Dom Capers is interviewed and gave some reservations about So’oto, more or less citing his inexperience.
Looking for other new ways to increase the pass rush is Tyler Dunne at JSOnline.
The Packers‘ quest for perfection and the Vikings as a stumbling block is a factor covered in an article by the Associated Press.
The Wall Street Journal wonders if the Packers could actually stand to gain by losing.
The age-old debate about the Packers being “America’s Team” is looked at by Don Walker of the Journal Sentinel.
The Packers‘ upcoming schedule is covered by Fox Sports.
Five things to watch is courtesy of ESPNMilwaukee.com.
Another preview comes from the Journal Sentinel.
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