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Cheese Curds 9/9: Jaguars will challenge Packers' young defense

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Green Bay should have its hands full on Sunday with a great deal of youth on defense matched up against an improving offense.

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The Jacksonville Jaguars have an up-and-coming offense, with talented playmakers across the board. Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns have quickly become one of the better receiving tandems in the NFL, while the Jags also boast a pair of productive runners in T.J. Yeldon and Chris Ivory. Those players, plus the Florida heat, will combine to put a great deal of pressure on a Green Bay Packers defense loaded with youth at all levels.

Although the Packers' starting lineup will likely feature just two rookies, it will likely have another pair of starters in their second year. Furthermore, the secondary alone has three undrafted rookies and three second-year corners - in fact, Sam Shields is the only cornerback with more than one year of NFL experience under his belt.

All of that will combine to give the defense a tough test on Sunday, and will require the Packers to rotate players through the defense regularly to keep everyone fresh. Here is our final batch of Cheese Curds before Sunday's season opener.

Packers see value, versatility in deep safety group |
With the league going to more and more sub packages and using safeties all over the field (including on special teams), it's hardly surprising that the Packers felt it was worth keeping six of them on the roster.

Youthful defensive line to get first test |
As a reminder, just two of the Packers' five defensive linemen have taken NFL snaps. This Sunday should be a wake-up call for Dean Lowry, Kenny Clark, and Christian Ringo.

Sam Shields' Green Bay Packers teammates on his mind and his feet - ESPN
Shields had all of his teammates sign a pair of cleats that he now wears in practice - seeing those names on his feet helps remind him who he's playing for.

Packers reap cap space by dumping salaries |
It's unlikely that the releases of Tim Masthay or Josh Sitton were primarily motivated by finances, but they did open up over $7 million in additional cap space. That puts the Packers at a little under $17 million in room under the cap, which could be used to extend one or more of the team's impending free agents during the season.

A fullback scored the first rushing touchdown of the NFL season, AGAIN -
Two years ago, John Kuhn scored the first touchdown of the year on the ground in Seattle. Last year it was Will Johnson for Pittsburgh, and this year, Andy Janovich busted a 28-yarder on third and one for the first running score of the season.

What we learned: Kubiak's gamble lifts Broncos to win -
The Broncos went for it on 4th-and-1 inside the five-yard line when a field goal could have tied the game. That move ended up leading to a touchdown, which gave Denver a lead that they would not relinquish.

Finally, we have a fun new ad with Clay Matthews and Aaron Rodgers that we are sure to see regularly on TV moving forward: