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Cheese Curds, 9/18: Packers turning focus to the Denver Broncos

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An old nemesis returns. Can the new Packers offense break out against Vic Fangio’s defense

NFL: Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

With the middle of the week here, we take one last look back at the Green Bay Packers’ win over the Minnesota Vikings and start looking forward to their Week 3 opponent, the Denver Broncos.

After surviving the gauntlet of facing their two toughest division rivals to open the season in the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings and winning both games, the Packers get a little bit of break with the 0-2 Broncos coming to Lambeau Field.

While the team may not be familiar, Green Bay does face a common nemesis in Denver head coach Vic Fangio. Fangio served as the Bears’ defensive coordinator the past few seasons and has stymied Aaron Rodgers and company at times.

Meanwhile for the Packers, the offense looks to continue to progress after a sizzling first quarter flamed out for the remaining three against the Vikings. While the Broncos defense may not be what it once was, it still has a secondary that is very good and under Fangio’s tutelage they could cause the still-developing Green Bay offense to struggle.

The Packers’ defense however should have an easier time against a Denver offense that struggled against the Oakland Raiders and, perhaps more understandably, against the Bears last week. The defense may need to carry the day one more time even if the task ahead is a little easier for the offense.

There’s more on what to expect this weekend plus what is likely the headline of the year in today’s cheese curds.

Packers’ next opponent: Desperate Denver Broncos head to Lambeau—PackersNews.com

It’s pretty early in the season for a “trap game” especially against a strong defensive mind like Fangio, but it could almost be easy to overlook this game. The Packers can’t fall into that mindset.

Packers Scouting Report: Green Bay off to 2-0 start under new coach Matt LaFleur—Denver Post

The view from the opposition.

Jaire Alexander, Kevin King won’t back down from a challenge—Packers.com

Both Jaire Alexander and Kevin King have left interceptions on the table so far (though King redeemed himself with a clutch turnover against Minnesota) and know they have to make those plays if the defense wants to improve on an overall impressive start to 2019.

Tremon Smith could provide a new special teams weapon for Packers—Packers Wire

The Packers finally add a Smith that doesn’t play linebacker and this one could be a good addition to special teams. Tremon Smith was a solid returner for Kansas City last season and could push Trevor Davis for competition at that spot.

MASSIVE SEMEN EXPLOSION AFTER BLAZE HITS BULL ARTIFICIAL INSEMINATION FACILITY, FIREFIGHTERS FORCED TO DODGE ‘PROJECTILES’—Newsweek

Headline left in all caps for added effect. That’s the sort of headline that you just stare at in wonder at and likely don’t even read the story.