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Cheese Curds, 9/21: Can Packers offense get back on track against battered Lions defense?

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Detroit has a multitude of injuries to key players on defense, so this could be the opportunity Rodgers and company need to get the offense functioning again.

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The Green Bay Packers' offense has been picked apart and discussed ad nauseum over the past 72 hours or so, and with good reason - the unit looked abysmal on Sunday night in Minnesota and has failed to impress in any way, shape, or form. However, the upcoming game this weekend might give the offense exactly what it needs to get back on track.

The Detroit Lions are coming to Green Bay, and two major factors play in the Packers' favor for this matchup. First and foremost is a return home after a four-week stretch of travel (two road preseason games and a pair of games on the road to start the regular season). A little home cooking should help the Packers, and Aaron Rodgers' hard counts should be more effective again.

Meanwhile, the Lions' defense is nursing a ton of major injuries. Key players like Ezekiel Ansah and DeAndre Levy are expected to sit out on Sunday, while some of their replacements are banged up as well. Although Detroit's top corner is a very good one, there should be plenty of opportunities for Rodgers and his receivers to get on the same page and for Mike McCarthy to get his running game going.

What You Might've Missed: It didn't matter who was blocking Mike Daniels | Packers.com
It was tough to miss Daniels wreaking havoc in the Vikings' backfield all game long, but what might be surprising is how he lined up all over the line and had impressive plays against every one of Minnesota's starting five.

Packers WR Jordy Nelson should see plenty of Lions CB Darius Slay - ESPN
Slay has quietly become one of the league's better corners, so the Packers will need to find advantageous matchups with the Lions' other corners and their linebackers.

The Replacements: Who could fill in for many injured Lions - ESPN
Detroit has basically two healthy linebackers on their roster. If the Packers can't get their running and short passing games going this week, they might never do it this year.

Green and Bold: Where Are All the WRs? | Cheesehead TV
We discussed this when breaking down the snap counts from Sunday Night. Mike McCarthy's rationale for using just three wideouts is because he wants to run more of the no-huddle offense, but is that really helping at this point?

Jay Cutler (sprained thumb) to miss two to three weeks - NFL.com
That recovery timeline could put him back just in time for the Packers-Bears Thursday Night game in week 6.

It’s a new football season, but Jon Gruden is still doing weird things on ‘Monday Night Football’ - SBNation.com
Gruden has a new partner in the booth, Sean McDonough, but he's still wacky. This week, he was smacking McDonough with a pool noodle.