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Cheese Curds, 11/21: Packers’ defense got hung out to dry against Ravens

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The offense’s consistent turnovers led to 23 points allowed on Sunday despite a very encouraging defensive performance.

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Well, that one-week reprieve from the doldrums was awfully short-lived. Green Bay Packers fans can be excused for having a burst of optimism after the team’s win over the Chicago Bears. The defense by and large played well in that game as the offense stayed out of its own way and picked up some big plays in big situations.

On Sunday, the defense’s held up its end of the bargain well against the Baltimore Ravens. There weren’t any field-tilting plays, but they did get one critical interception to stop a potential scoring drive and the unit held the Ravens to just 219 total yards, a season low for Dom Capers’ unit.

The problem was, of course, the offense letting that solid if unspectacular performance go to waste by giving Baltimore short field after short field. Let’s take a look at how that affected the game in today’s curds.

Green Bay Packers' only option: It's Brett Hundley or bust - ESPN
Say this for Mike McCarthy: he let Brett Hundley loose on Sunday. Unfortunately, he did so against one of the best and most opportunistic pass defenses in the NFL and got burned. The biggest problem now is that there's nowhere else to turn since the team didn't bring in a veteran to back up Hundley.

Adversity defense kept Packers within reach of Ravens | Packers.com
The Packers allowed just 219 yards on the day, but the Ravens' short fields allowed them to score with barely moving the ball at all. In fact, Baltimore's average starting field position was their own 47-yard line compared to the Packers at their own 20.

Packers' Kenny Clark may have dodged serious injury on 'dirty play' | Packersnews.com
It appears that nothing was broken in Clark’s ankle, and he was left with just a sprain. Of course, it is still unlikely that he’ll play on Sunday, which will be a painful loss for the team’s rushing defense going into a matchup against Le’Veon Bell.

Packers’ inability to score costs Milwaukee-area brewery | Packers Wire
Either the Bavarian Bierhaus will need to change up their promotions -- free beer from the start of the game until the Packers score -- or else they're likely to be losing a lot of money in the next few weeks.

Steelers OT Marcus Gilbert to serve 4-game suspension - NFL.com
Gilbert is Pittsburgh's starting right tackle, and he will be out for the next four weeks, which of course includes Sunday's game against the Packers.

NFL Week 11: 11 stats that perfectly explain everything that happened - SBNation.com
The Chiefs' offense has disappeared, dropping from 32.8 points per game in their first five contests to just 19.6 since.