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Cheese Curds, 10/13: Packers hope to be rejuvenated after bye week

Green Bay looks to be getting a few key players back just in time for one of their toughest stretches in 2020.

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When the NFL released its 2020 schedule, Green Bay Packers fans rightfully circled a four-week stretch as a make-or-break month. The four games following the team’s week five bye had the feel of a defining sequence, at least when the teams were setting up on paper.

Now, a few of those games seem a little less daunting; however, the importance of these games is still extremely high. Coming out of the bye, the Packers will play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Houston Texans on the road, return home for a date against the Minnesota Vikings, and then go to San Francisco for a Thursday night matchup.

Ugly, right?

Now, however, Tampa Bay is the only one of these opponents with a winning record. The Vikings and Texans have struggled mightily this season, both sitting at 1-4, while the 49ers are 2-3 having just been blown out by the Miami Dolphins.

Still, the Packers’ bye was a convenient one, helping the team to hopefully get back key starters like Davante Adams and Kenny Clark. Meanwhile, injured role players like Equanimeous St. Brown and Kamal Martin are on track to return soon as well, giving the team’s depth a boost.

The team’s 4-0 start exceeded most Packers fans’ expectations, but there is a real chance here for this team to continue its momentum, even through what we assumed would be the toughest stretch of the season.

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