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Cheese Curds, 12/7: Packers face tough weather down the stretch, Matthews' shoulder remains a problem

While one Packer linebacker struggles through an injury, he and his teammates also have reached the point in the season where the weather conditions turn ugly - which was a benefit for Green Bay last Sunday.

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Over the next three weeks, the Green Bay Packers will play three games outside, all within four miles of Lake Michigan. This week they host the Seahawks at Lambeau Field, then they travel to Soldier Field before returning home to play the Minnesota Vikings in week 16. With December upon us, that means that the Packers will be dealing with cold weather.

For example, the current forecast for this Sunday's game calls for temperatures around 26 degrees Fahrenheit at kickoff, dropping to 20 by the end of the game and with a good chance of snow throughout the afternoon. Expect more of the same over the next two weeks, and thankfully the Packers are one organization that knows how to handle equipment issues to ensure that the players can get traction on slippery fields.

The Texans, however, were not so lucky last Sunday, as they had repeated issues with the snowy conditions that led to some positive plays for the Packers. In today's Cheese Curds, we look at that issue, plus we find a major NFL media source that is spending all week in Green Bay for a thorough examination of the greatest franchise in the sport.

What You Might've Missed Part II: Slip-slidin' |
Houston's linemen - both on offense and defense - had trouble with the slippery field conditions at Lambeau Field on Sunday, and the Packers were able to exploit the mistakes on several occasions.

How Reggie White Made Green Bay Cool | The MMQB
When the NFL’s first great free-agent shocked the football world by signing with the Packers, it suddenly turned pro sports’ smallest—and whitest—market into a destination for black players and set a fabled franchise on course for a Super Bowl title. The MMQB has a full week dedicated to the Packers organization, so click here for all of their coverage throughout the week.

Lots of shoulder pain, little gain for Packers' LB Clay Matthews - ESPN
Matthews is all but forced to play through his shoulder injury at this point, which is unfortunate since he had little to no impact on Sunday against Houston.

Joe Buck once called a Brett Favre touchdown while peeing in a trash can -
Okay, my level of respect for Buck just went up a notch or two. This is pretty hilarious.

Best players in NFL Week 13 | PFF
Yay Jordy Nelson! Yay LaDarius Gunter!

Former Bears running back Rashaan Salaam dies at 42 -
Salaam was a first-round pick and he won both the Heisman Trophy at Colorado and the NFC Rookie of the Year award. This is another sad day for the NFL community - though at this time there appears to be no foul play involved.