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Cheese Curds: Green Bay Packers News and Links for September 12, 2014

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On this football Friday, we look to the Packers' defensive line to step up against a tough running team.

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Jamie Squire

Happy football Friday, Green Bay Packers fans! We're a little over 48 hours from kickoff of the Packers' week two matchup with the New York Jets, and the Packers are focusing on a bounce-back performance from their defense this week.

In addition, a former Packer will be singing the national anthem on Sunday and Breaking Madden returns. Enjoy today's curds, and keep it here for more preview coverage of the Packers-Jets game.

No lack of importance for this game |
Vic's back with his 10 Things the Packers Need to Do to Win. Here's number 8: "Intercept a pass – It would be especially encouraging if this feat was to be accomplished by a safety."

Defense shifts mindset to clean up missed tackles |
With a physical runner like Chris Ivory and a quick, slippery one in Chris Johnson, missed tackles will likely be painful this weekend.

On the defensive line, it may be Mike Pennel time - JSOnline
Look for the big rookie nose tackle to play on Sunday afternoon and play meaningful snaps.

New England Patriots, Green Bay Packers share problems on defense | The MMQB with Peter King
Greg Bedard argues that with the Packers' current personnel on the defensive line, they should be running a base 4-3 defense. But the linebackers aren't really ideal for that style of defense, and that's part of the problem (along with the fact that Dom Capers is a 3-4 specialist).

Esera Tuaolo to sing national anthem before Sunday's game between the New York Jets and Green Bay Packers - Outsports
The gay former Green Bay Packers defensive end will return to Lambeau Field for the first time since coming out publicly. He once sang the anthem as a Packers rookie in 1991 as well.

Breaking Madden: Tony Romo's week in Quarterback Hell -
Worth the click for the schadenfreude and Jon Bois' marvelous reference to "The Twilight Zone."