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Cheese Curds, 12/28: Can Rodgers and Nelson maintain torrid pace?

Green Bay's QB-WR tandem has been red-hot recently, and they should have another chance to keep up the impressive numbers this week.

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The Green Bay Packers have arguably the hottest quarterback-receiver tandem in the NFL. Over the team's five game winning streak, the two have hooked up on 38 of 50 passes, picking up 528 yards and scoring five touchdowns along the way - good for a passer rating of 142.8.

Those two will have another great opportunity to continue their impressive streak on Sunday against the Detroit Lions, when they will face a banged-up Lions secondary. Top cornerback Darius Slay sat out last week's game, and there's no guarantee that he will play on Sunday. We should know more about Slay's status this afternoon following the first practice of the week, but without him, the Packers could have a field day attacking the Detroit secondary.

Here's a look at those matchups and much more.

50 years ago, Starr shined in epic NFL title game |
A year before the Ice Bowl, the Packers and Cowboys met in the 1966 NFL Championship. Bart Starr had arguably his finest game as a passer, with over 300 yards plus four touchdowns and no interceptions.

Geronimo Allison steps up for Packers' offense in a pinch |
It wasn't just extra snaps that Allison took on Saturday against the Vikings; he also pitched in with a big four catches for 66 yards, and all four went for first downs.

Aaron Rodgers, Jordy Nelson could have big day for Green Bay Packers - ESPN
Rodgers and Nelson are as hot as can be, and if Darius Slay can't play for the Lions, they could have a huge game on Sunday as well.

Best player at every position in NFL Week 16 | PFF
Three fan-favorite Packers landed at the top spots: Rodgers, Matthews, and Nelson.

Mike Zimmer downplays actions by Vikings DBs -
Apparently Terence Newman was the one responsible for the Vikings' DBs scrapping Zimmer's game plan. The veteran Newman told Xavier Rhodes that he could also cover Nelson effectively, leaving Rhodes to decide between following his coach's instructions or listen to his experienced teammate.

Green and Bold: Always Be Closing | Cheesehead TV
The argument here is that the Packers need to find a way to get their defense off the field in the second half, which is impossible to dispute. Against the Bears and Vikings, the defense allowed multiple late scores, a bad sign for the Packers' long-term chances.

NFL picks 2016, Week 17: Experts ready to crown Lions NFC North champs, but just barely -
SB Nation's national writers have Detroit winning in a 5-4 vote. You can probably bet that APC won't share that same view, but log on tomorrow to find out for sure.