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Cheese Curds 9/25: Rookie defensive backs step up the Packers in win over the Bengals

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Also: Karma slapped Golden Tate something fierce

NFL: Cincinnati Bengals at Green Bay Packers Dan Powers-USA TODAY Sports

Damarious Randall and Quinten Rollins are officially on notice.

A week after rookie Kevin King made his presence known against the Atlanta Falcons, fellow second round pick Josh Jones made his mark against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Jones was everywhere and he made big plays when they were needed. He twice sacked Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton on third down and made the the stop on third down in overtime to get the Packers the ball on what became the winning drive. His speed was also on display as he was all over the field and showed sound tackling ability, a struggle many Packers defenders.

King didn’t have a complete shutdown game against the Bengals like he did a week ago, but he too played well. He was on A.J. Green most of the game and gave up five catches on seven targets for 73 yards. That’s an average of 14.5 yards per catch. Not great, but he never gave up a true big gain play.

So far the Packers have to be impressed with their rookie defensive backs. Read more on them in today’s cheese curds.

Packers find a way to win with help from defensive rookies-PackersNews.com

Pete Dougherty breaks down the Packers’ win with special focus on the rookie defenders. There has to be cause for optimism with King and Jones.

Geronimo Allison comes through in clutch for the Packers-Packers.com

No Randall Cobb? No problem. Allison’s 72-yard catch in overtime set up the game winning field goal win and he had two catches on the game tying drive. The second-year undrafted receiver continues his strong play that began late last season.

Aaron Rodgers does what MVP QBs do: Deliver clutch performances-ESPN.com

The “Rodgers isn’t clutch” arguments should have died years ago, but this game should finally shut even Skip Bayless up.

Tony Romo perfectly predicted more plays in the Packers-Bengals game-USA Today

Judging by this and the reaction of fans on social media, Packers fans might have found an announcer they love as much as they hate Joe Buck.

Golden Tate’s game-winning touchdown was overturned exactly five years after ‘catching’ Fail Mary-SB Nation

The Falcons did the Packers a favor Sunday but not without heavy doses of irony and karma.