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Cheese Curds, 9/13: Packers' defense wants respect, Rodgers' struggles against Zimmer's units

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What is Mike Zimmer's secret when it comes to defending Rodgers and Green Bay's offense?

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Defense will be the name of the game on Sunday Night. The Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings will square off in the first regular season game at U.S. Bank Stadium, and both Mike Zimmer's and Dom Capers' charges will be looking to make a statement. Zimmer's Vikings of course hope to contain Aaron Rodgers - something Zimmer has done as well or better than just about any other coordinator or coach over the last decade. Meanwhile, the Packers will look to maintain their strong run defense and improve the pass D against whichever quarterback starts for the Vikings.

That particular item remains up in the air - Sam Bradford and Shaun Hill will both be trying to earn the starting job on Sunday, but no decision has been made as yet. But regardless, the focal point of Minnesota's offense will as usual be Adrian Peterson, and Capers' unit will need to keep him in check to ensure a Packers victory.

Take a look in today's curds at several items that are defense-related, as well as a few more looks back at last Sunday's win in Jacksonville.

Rodgers-to-Adams touchdown was 'phenomenal' |
Hopefully this will be the kind of catch that spurs Adams on to bigger and better things over the course of this season and beyond.

Packers' defense out to earn equal billing |
The Packers' run defense was surprisingly effective on Sunday, but the pass defense had a few challenges. Is the unit as a whole good enough to be a top-ten defense?

Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer has antidote for Aaron Rodgers - ESPN
Few coaches have had as much success game-planning against Rodgers as Zimmer, who has held him under his career averages in just about every category. In six games against Zimmer defenses, Rodgers has thrown for 40 fewer yards per game, a half-touchdown fewer per game, and 1.3 yards per attempt less.

Bakhtiari 'very proud' of Lane Taylor's debut |
Although it was a sign of confidence in the entire offensive line (and not just Lane Taylor) that the Packers ran behind left guard on 4th and 1, it certainly appeared to be a good move. Many members of the organization are pleased with Taylor's first game, including one of the guys who lines up next to him.

Bortles on Jags falling short: 'Obviously, I'm irritated' -
The young Jags didn't quite have enough at the end on Sunday to emerge with a victory, but the loss to the Packers should be a learning opportunity for them. They'll win games like that in the future, just hopefully not against Green Bay.

The Cardinals lost to the Patriots because of a bad snap. How did that happen? -
This is an incredibly detailed breakdown of the bad snap that led to Chandler Catanzaro's missed field goal and a Patriots win. Perhaps Arizona should give Rick Lovato a call.