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Cheese Curds, 12/2: Packers’ win over Giants fails to generate much optimism

The fact that the game was close for most of three quarters has many writers down on the team’s performance despite an 18-point win.

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The Green Bay Packers won on Sunday. That’s good!

Aaron Rodgers threw four touchdowns, the defense got three interceptions, and the Packers won by three possessions on the road. Normally, that would be cause for celebration.

However, because the opponents were the lowly New York Giants and because the game was close well into the third quarter, there are plenty of stories on this Victory Monday criticizing the way the Packers won. And while most of those criticisms are fair, it’s worth remembering that the green and gold remain 9-3, a half-game up on the Vikings for the division lead, and in position to compete for a first-round bye.

This does not mean that the persistent issues that have affected the Packers in recent weeks can simply be glossed over. There remain questions about who this team is and just how they will respond under adversity. But for now, they did what they were supposed to against a bad team — beat them by multiple scores — and still have everything in front of them.

It’s not such a bad feeling, is it?

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There's a lot of gloom in the media room this week after an 18-point win. Some of it is warranted, but the Packers still have another very winnable game next week before their stretch of NFC North games to close out the year.

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Aaron Rodgers' aggressiveness comes out when he has a free play, and when it does he is nearly unstoppable. So why can't he bring himself to make some more aggressive throws in other situations? Being unafraid to take a calculated chance here and there may be a key to making this offense the best version of itself.

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The Ravens' win over the 49ers may push San Francisco down into the Wild Card position depending on tonight's Seahawks-Vikings result. Meanwhile, the Patriots suddenly look like a team that is vulnerable, having lost two games to top AFC contenders.

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