Packers Daily Links: Undefeated Talk Goes From 16-0 to 19-0

Cornerback Charles Woodson openly talked about going 19-0 in a recent interview. That and more in today's Daily Links...

In an interview with Michael Silver of Yahoo Sports, cornerback Charles Woodson raised the stakes of undefeated talk from 16-0 to 19-0. “I’d love to go undefeated,” Woodson is quoted as saying. “I’d absolutely love to. Not just the regular season – the whole thing.” No team in NFL history has ever gone 19-0. The 2008 New England Patriots came close before losing in the Super Bowl. The 1972 Miami Dolphins went undefeated but only had 14 regular season games.

A feature in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel examines the NFL's drug-testing policy and how it affects the Packers. "My rookie year I had somebody come to my mom's house in Pensacola (Fla.) and wake me up at like 7 in the morning," guard Josh Sitton told reporter Lori Nickel. Testing for HGH (human growth hormone) has been a sticking point between the league and the players for some time and is addressed as well. An accompanying blog post appears at JSOnline.

Safety Nick Collins is the focus of an article written by Chris Jenkins of the Associated Press. "Although many NFL players who sustain season-ending injuries tend to drift out of touch with their teammates, the Green Bay Packers' Pro Bowl safety is staying involved after his neck injury in Week 2," writes Jenkins. "And he's not just there to provide moral support." The article goes onto describe how Collins is attempting to take on a pseudo-coaching role.

Defensive lineman B.J. Raji was interviewed about the loss of defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins to free agency this offseason and talked about the impact it had on the Packers. “I think any defense would miss him,” Raji is quoted as saying by Tyler Dunne at JSOnline. “I think we could definitely use him, definitely on third and long. To sit here and say we couldn’t use him, I would be lying…I think that the guys that are here have to step up and do the job.” Observers seem to have a hard time quantifying the extent of Jenkins' impact. The rest of the defensive line is pretty much intact from a season ago. Did his pass rush alone make the difference between last year's performance and this year's?

Articles on Aaron Rodgers winning the NFC Offensive Player of the Week appear at Packer Report and Fox Sports Wisconsin.

The Packers, once again, reminded fans to arrive early to Lambeau Field this upcoming Monday for security screenings.

The pressure of being undefeated is the topic of a column at the Green Bay Press-Gazette.

Fox Sports posts a preview of the upcoming Packers, Vikings game and files a report from previous interviews.

The blood drive held at Lambeau Field was covered by the Press-Gazette.

A scouting report on the Vikings comes from the Press-Gazette.

More on Antoine Winfield's affect on the Monday Night Football game is touched upon at Packer Report.

The Packers posted press releases on their Festival of Lights and youth art contest.

Video: The Press-Gazette staff previews the Vikings game with their weekly Insiders video...

Brian Carriveau is the editor of the Maple Street Press Packers Annual. To contact Brian, email [email protected].

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Evan's picture

November 10, 2011 at 09:43 am

I love the undefeated talk. What team's goal is to go 14-2? You play to win every game.

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bryce's picture

November 10, 2011 at 10:51 am

True. As long as it doesn't become a bigger goal than winning the big game.

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Evan's picture

November 10, 2011 at 03:02 pm

Yeah, and I can't imagine that ever happening.

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FITZCORE1252's EVO's picture

November 10, 2011 at 10:20 am

" Did his pass rush alone make the difference between last year's performance and last year's?". Fascinating question.

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CSS's picture

November 10, 2011 at 12:17 pm

Interesting when you look back at 2010 during the month of December (and 1st game in January) when Jenkins was out with injury the Packers allowed an average of less than 200 passing yards each game and recorded 10 sacks (though I don't know how many pressures/hits/sacks combined). Wasn't bad competition either; Lions, Patriots, Giants and Bears.

Sure, Jenkins may be part of what's missing in an interior pass rush this year, but there's obviously more going on considering the production they had without him against good teams last year without giving up the passing yards.

While I believe Jenkins is an upgrade interior pass rusher to Wynn or Wilson, you have to acknowledge (if you watched the Eagles this year) that an injured Jenkins in 2010 > than healthy Jenkins with Eagles in 2011.

Drop off...

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FITZCORE1252's EVO's picture

November 10, 2011 at 12:23 pm

Lol, just being a usual smart ass Brian.

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packsmack25's picture

November 10, 2011 at 10:35 am

I'll beat Cow to the punch: Clay Matthews is terrible and the defensive backs couldn't cover a papercut with a roll of gauze! That's the difference! Look at Cullen's new team, they are a Dream Team and Matt Ryan can throw for 600 yards against these bums!

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cow42's picture

November 10, 2011 at 11:19 am

You've let me in your head.

Joking.

Hey - the only reason I bring up the negatives -CONSTANTLY - is because too many fans seem to think that 8-0 means there are no problems. I believe that that is very far from the truth.

This team has MAJOR flaws on the defensive side of the ball. Yes - they take the ball away, and yes - they have the greatest differential between their QB rating and that of their opponent, but I just have a real hard time watching pass rushers get "close" and opposing receivers run "free".

Saints
Panthers
Vikings
Chargers

in everyone of those victories, if Rodgers had not been PERFECT the team probably would have lost. I don't think it's fair to expect the offense to be flawless.

I like defense.
This defense scares me.

I would rather have a team that was #12 in scoring and #1 in scoring defense, than a team that is #1 in scoring and #17 in scoring defense (assuming both were going to win the Super Bowl)

just me.

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FITZCORE1252's EVO's picture

November 10, 2011 at 12:31 pm

" too many fans seem to think that 8-0 means there are no problems."...

Find me one post at this site FROM ANYBODY starting that this team has no problems this season. Everybody that comes here realizes this isn't a perfect team. 99% of us just don't feel the need to "CONSTANTLY" reiterate the obvious flaws.

"I would rather have a team that was #12 in scoring and #1 in scoring defense, than a team that is #1 in scoring and #17 in scoring defense"...

I guess you won't enjoy this season then, that's just not the way things are.

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FITZCORE1252's EVO's picture

November 10, 2011 at 12:32 pm

Stating... Hate auto correct

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bryce's picture

November 10, 2011 at 10:51 am

Do you think McCarthy would pull the starters vs. the Lions if the Packers were 15-0?

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Brian Carriveau's picture

November 10, 2011 at 11:05 am

He did in 2007.

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Norman's picture

November 10, 2011 at 11:10 am

The Lions sucked in 2007 though.

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Franklin Hillside's picture

November 10, 2011 at 11:31 am

Meh. They still do.

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Evan's picture

November 10, 2011 at 03:04 pm

The Packers were 15-0 in 2007?

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FITZCORE1252's EVO's picture

November 10, 2011 at 12:19 pm

No way. His team would riot... Led by Charles.

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RyanBozz's picture

November 10, 2011 at 11:17 am

If it keeps the Lions out of the playoffs, NO.

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Bearmeat's picture

November 10, 2011 at 12:10 pm

Wood - love ya. But fix your defensive problems before you talk.

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Mojo's picture

November 10, 2011 at 12:13 pm

Exactly.

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fish/crane's picture

November 10, 2011 at 03:00 pm

I see many of you would be much happier 4-4 with all the problems fixed.....

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Chad Toporski's picture

November 10, 2011 at 01:30 pm

Saying you'd "love to" go undefeated is different than saying they're "going to" go undefeated.

He sees the potential, but hasn't made a guarantee.

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