At first glance, the Green Bay Packers and St. Louis Rams appear to have eerily similar defenses in 2015, at least as far as the raw stats are concerned. The two teams are tied for second in the league in sacks, but raw rushing numbers show both rushing defenses allowing some of the biggest numbers in the NFL.
That's a theme for today's cheese curds, as we look ahead to Sunday's early kickoff between the two teams. However, the Packers' defense has performed much better over the past three weeks than they did in week one, whereas the Rams have been inconsistent all season.
Check out that and much more in today's links.
Stats piling up for Packers' pass rush | Packers.com
Eight players have sacks so far, and five have at least two. That's a stark turnaround from last season, in which nine front-seven players had sacks and six had two or more for the entire season.
Rams Defense Not Really so Scary | Cheesehead TV
That defensive line does indeed have a fearsome pass rush, but that's about where the impressiveness ends - their run defense is in the bottom 10 in the league. Therefore, the Packers should focus on their third-ranked rushing offense on Sunday.
'He obviously told me I was nuts:' McCarthy mulled working for Fisher instead of with Favre | ESPN Wisconsin
Before the 1999 season, Mike McCarthy met with both the Packers and Titans in his search for a new job - he ended up as the Packers' quarterbacks coach, and the chance to work with Brett Favre was the deciding factor.
Dirty hit or not? Andrew Quarless says that's for others to decide - ESPN
It doesn't appear that the Packers tight end has any ill will towards Chiefs rookie Marcus Peters, who hit him low. That hit landed Quarless on the IR/designated for return list, and he'll be eligible to return on Thanksgiving.
Packers Thursday practice report: Bulaga goes through padded practice, Burnett still sits | JSOnline
Though Bryan Bulaga was listed as a limited participant on Thursday, he apparently did all individual drills while the media was present.
6 NFL teams are still undefeated. This is why. - SBNation.com
The Packers are 4-0 on the strength of both a top-ten offense and a top-ten defense overall. The last time they had both, they won Super Bowl XLV.