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Cheese Curds: Green Bay Packers News and Links for October 28, 2014

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In today's curds, the main focus is the poor play of the run defense and how it can be improved.

Stacy Revere

The hangover from the Packers' loss on Sunday Night continues this Tuesday. In the crosshairs today are the defense (no surprise), but one player is called out as the key to improved play from the unit as a whole down the stretch.

Speaking of stretching, Aaron Rodgers' hamstring was discussed again yesterday.  However, with the bye week at an opportune time and the fact that it wasn't a serious injury, it doesn't appear that it will be a long-term issue and he should be ready to go for the Bears in two weeks.

Check out our curds below, and stop back later for more Packers news and analysis.

It's all about stopping the run as Packers head into bye | Packers.com
As it should be - the defense has given up at least 108 rushing yards in each game, and has allowed more than 190 on three different occasions so far.

'Tackle the damn ball carrier' | ESPN Wisconsin
Here's McCarthy's take on the defensive performance - obviously it's not good, and is at least partially a response to the 13 missed tackles charged to the Packers on Sunday night (by Pro Football Focus).

Defense needs Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to be playmaker | Packersnews.com
The player on defense with the best potential for growth is this year's first-round pick, and Ha Ha could open up a great number of options for Dom Capers if he can continue playing like he did in the few games prior to the Saints game.

Notes - Aaron Rodgers' injury doesn't look serious | JSOnline
Apparently it's "So far, so good" as far as Rodgers' hamstring is concerned, while Mike McCarthy is "optimistic" about T.J. Lang's ability to return from his sprained ankle in two weeks against the Bears.

5 things we learned: Green Bay Packers at New Orleans Saints | FOX Sports
The first one actually made me chuckle a bit: "It takes an injury for Aaron Rodgers to throw interceptions."

Jerry Jones rushes to Cowboys sideline to deliver Tony Romo injury update - SBNation.com
Thank you to all of our fellow Packers owners for not doing what Jerry Jones did on Monday Night.

Sack celebration claims 2nd victim, Bears DE Lamarr Houston - SBNation.com
At least when Stephen Tullock busted his knee doing this against the Packers, it was the first half and his play had a chance of affecting the final result of the game. Houston will now miss the Packers-Bears game in two weeks, as well as the rest of the season, with a torn ACL.