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Cheese Curds, 9/23: Packers’ defense is getting in on the scoring

Green Bay’s offense has turned heads early, but the defense isn’t letting that group have all the fun in terms of putting points on the board.

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The Green Bay Packers’ offense has been the main story for the team over the first two weeks of the season, and with good reason. It is on a historic pace through two games, getting off to a strong start the likes of which have rarely been seen in the NFL.

But while the defense has lagged the offense behind in its performance overall, there have been some encouraging moments. The defense has scored nine points this year (counting an extra point), thanks to a safety by Jaire Alexander and an interception returned for a touchdown by Chandon Sullivan. That is nine more points than the defense scored all of last year, as they did not find the end zone once.

Sullivan in particular is a great story, and a player who gets profiled in today’s Cheese Curds. Look for some more Sullivan-related content here at Acme Packing Company this week, but for now enjoy the growth of the team’s third-year slot cornerback.

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Sure, Aaron Jones was the star on offense, but Corey Linsley deserves a particular shout-out as well for his tremendous game in the middle of the line.

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That’s a long list that consists of both conventional and advanced stats — all on offense, predictably.

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Yes, the veteran quarterbacks will draw the headlines, but the game will probably be decided by which running back from the 2017 draft class plays better.

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