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Cheese Curds, 10/5: Packers' run defense is sustainable, Sam Shields is eager to return

Can Green Bay keep up its ridiculous performance in stopping opponents from running the football? *Shakes 8-ball* "Signs point to yes"

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The Green Bay Packers are off to a historic start stopping the run this season. According to Pro Football Reference, only four other teams in the NFL (since 1945) have allowed fewer yards per carry through three games than the Packers.

How has this happened? One columnist took to the tape and to the advanced stats to break down the improvement on defense. He also takes on the assertion that the Packers have faced some poor running teams, which is true, but makes the case that this is not a reason to doubt the defense at this point.

That's here in today's cheese curds, along with some examinations of the Packers' next two opponents. Both of those two teams are in the NFC East, and are dealing with critical injuries at important positions. The Packers have a few as well, and we look at one injured player in particular as well as he tries to work through his concussion to return to the field.

Packers' run defense built to last |
A closer look at advanced stats suggest that the Packers' success defending the ground game is sustainable, at least overall. They won't allow 1.8 yards per carry moving forward, but they can remain an elite run defense thanks to the improved inside linebacker play and the strong presences of Mike Daniels and Nick Perry.

Morgan Burnett on best friend Sam Shields: 'He really wants to be out there' - ESPN
The Packers corner is continuing to work through the concussion protocol, and his head coach says the medical staff thinks they have "a handle" on why his symptoms ave stuck around. But it does not sound like Shields is considering leaving football at all.

What are the keys vs. the Giants on Sunday night? |
Mike Spofford's weekly mailbag takes on questions about the Packers' next matchup - including injuries at running back and cornerback for the Giants.

Frustrated Odell Beckham Jr. says he’s 'not having fun anymore' playing football -
Somebody call the waaaaambulance. In addition to the discussion yesterday about being unfairly targeted, Beckham now says he's "not getting the opportunities to contribute."

Injuries: Jones wouldn't rule Dez Bryant out Sunday -
Looking ahead one week, the Cowboys are dealing with an injury to their top receiver, who is expected to be out one to two weeks and could miss the game against the Packers. However, Dallas will be missing a starting offensive lineman, as La'el Collins went on injured reserve this week.