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Cheese Curds: Green Bay Packers News and Links for September 30, 2014

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We look at the Packers' poor run defense and Clay Matthews' injury in today's Curds.

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Jonathan Daniel

Happy Tuesday, Packers fans. With a short week necessitated by the Packers' Thursday Night game against the Vikings this week, we'll be making our transition from recap to preview a little early this week. Look for our recaps to wrap up today and we'll be discussing the upcoming game quite a bit with our frenemies from the Daily Norseman soon.

Until we get to that point, we'll look at the Packers' performance against the Bears, and particularly the defense's poor showing against the run. Yes, the secondary forced a pair of interceptions, but allowing 235 rushing yards is not a good way to put your team in position to win a game.

Big play early jump-started Packers on offense | Packers.com
Hopefully we'll see more big plays from Rodgers to Rodgers. The Packers' "Tiger" package (one running back, two tight ends, two receivers) was on the field for the first drive and did the job nicely.

Packers' run D needs bigger play from smaller linemen | Packersnews.com
Last year, the Packers' run defense excelled early on in the season before falling apart mid-year. In 2014, they're at the bottom of the league after four games.

Mike Pennel on Packers D: 'Rome wasn't built in a day' - JSOnline
Perhaps Pennel can be one of the players to help turn that performance around against the run. But when teams spread the Packers out into their 2-4-5 nickel formation and get big bodies off the field, that's when the success tends to happen on the ground.

Packers-Vikings Monday injury report: Matthews unscathed
According to Mike McCarthy, Clay Matthews didn't have his plays limited on Sunday to save him for Thursday's game. He was listed as limited in practice on Monday, however.

Joseph Fauria of Detroit Lions says he injured ankle while chasing puppy - ESPN
When it comes to bizarre injuries, the Lions have been the winners over the past several years.

Dennis Allen fired by Raiders - SBNation.com
Welp, the first major firing of the year is already here, and the Raiders did it with class - over the phone.

Age is just a number for Reggie Wayne and Steve Smith - SBNation.com
Here's a fun stat: the Bears started every drive inside their own 30 on Sunday. The Packers started that far back only twice...but scored on both of those drives anyway.