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Friday, December 17, 2010
BBAO: Packers defense next up for Patriots

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

We're Black and Blue All Over:

A week ago, the New England Patriots sliced and diced the Chicago Bears' low-scoring defense for 36 points in a romp at Soldier Field. Are the Green Bay Packers, who have the NFL's best scoring defense, in for a similar fate?

Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel explores that question as the Packers prepare for Sunday night's game at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots lead the NFL in scoring (31.9 points per game) and have its fewest turnovers (nine).
Silverstein: "In some ways, the Packers match up better with the Patriots than the Bears did. They have a deeper, more talented secondary that can deal with the spread offense the Patriots like to use. They have a shut-down corner in Tramon Williams, a versatile slot man in Charles Woodson and one of the fastest safeties in the NFL in Nick Collins. A bigger issue may be whether they can pressure [quarterback Tom] Brady and keep him from being a step ahead as he so often is against opposing defenses."

The Packers are giving up 14.5 points per game this season. Something has to give.

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