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Packers Daily Links: Green Bay Must Win to Keep Pace in NFC North

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Packers Daily Links: Green Bay Must Win to Keep Pace in NFC North

The Bears and the Vikings both won on Sunday, Minnesota in particularly impressive fashion by beating the San Francisco 49ers. Meanwhile, the Lions lost to the Titans in one of the most wacky games the NFL has seen in quite some time. The Bears and improved to 2-1, while the Lions dropped to 1-2. At 1-1, the Packers will have to win at Seattle on Monday Night Football if they hope to remain in a tie for first place in the NFC North. Reaction and analysis to the Bears, Vikings and Lions by NFC North blogger Kevin Seifert and company appears at ESPN.com.

An interview with tight end Andrew Quarless shed light into his rehab from a serious knee injury last season. “I’ve got about three to four weeks left before I can step on the field, but it’s feeling good,” Quarless told Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “Right now, in this last month, we’re polishing things up. The strength is there, so we’re just polishing everything just to make sure everything is right. I’m doing every little thing to get back game ready.” Quarless said he's cutting hard when running, something that he wouldn't have been able to do even a month ago. As someone on the PUP list, Quarless is eligible to return to action after the first six weeks of the regular season.

The struggles of the Packers offense are in focus at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "After ranking fifth in the NFL last season with an average length of completion of 7.76 yards, Rodgers ranks 31st at just 4.94 yards this season, according to NFL-provided statistics," writes reporter Tom Silverstein. The same tale is pretty much told by Rodgers' average yards per pass attempt as well. Granted, the Packers are two games into the season. Monday's game will help flesh out the identity of the Packers offense.

Quarterbacks continue to be a popular storyline this week, whether it's the Packers facing former Wisconsin Badgers quarterback Russell Wilson or their former teammate Matt Flynn, according to the Associated Press. More on Wilson comes from Fox Sports Wisconsin while more on Flynn comes from the Press-Gazette.

Keys to Monday's game come from a variety of outlets, including the Journal Sentinel, Press-Gazette, ESPNMilwaukee.com and AllGreenBayPackers.com.

The acquisition of general manager Ted Thompson from the Seattle Seahawks is recalled in a column by Mike Vandermause of the Press-Gazette.

Rookie cornerback Casey Hayward is featured in an article by Wes Hodkiewicz of the Press-Gazette.

The Packers checked into their hotel in Seattle in front of a crowd of Packers fans, according to Fox 11.

After a fast start to the season, Clay Matthews has earned publicity at ESPNMilwaukee.com and Packer Report.

It will be important for the Packers to play run defense and tackle Seattle's Marshawn Lynch, says the Packers official website and Packer Report.

The Packers' run game is scrutinized at JSOnline.

The Packers like tall cornerbacks says Dan Pompei in his weekly column at the National Football Post.

Steve Sabol is remembered in a post at Packer Chatters.

Blog posts at PackersNews.com include items on the loud CenturyLink Field environment and the meetings between the Packers and the Seahawks.

The Packers defense is the subject of a column at the Appleton Post-Crescent.

Packers fans are reminded not to panic at AllGreenBayPackers.com.

Brian Carriveau is the author of "It's Just a Game: Big League Drama in Small Town America," a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and an editor at Cheesehead TV. To contact Brian, email carriveau@uwalumni.com.

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