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Cheese Curds, 11/1: Rodgers’ Halloween reveal, Big Dog taking over for Big Bob

Tight ends play a big role in this Packers offense, and the team will likely call upon one man with a big nickname to help account for the absence of another.

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Well, Green Bay Packers fans can finally rest easy, knowing that Aaron Rodgers’ Halloween costume has arrived — and that he will likely be cutting his hair soon. Rodgers revealed the reason why he has been growing that hair out for the last year-plus this weekend on Instagram, and it was hardly a surprise to some who have followed his social media over the last few years.

Here’s a look at Rodgers’ reveal:

Yes, that’s Rodgers channeling John Wick. Now, there will surely be speculation over whether there’s any deeper meaning to Wick’s “I’m thinking I’m back” quote that Rodgers also referenced, particularly as it relates to Rodgers’ future in Green Bay. But we here at APC will save that speculation for another time and instead will turn our focus over to the Packers’ 7-1 record and their place atop the NFC at present.

While this was going on, the Packers’ coaching staff is surely hard at work figuring out what to do about the tight end position. With one Big player going down with a torn ACL, another Big man could be in line for an even bigger role. Check out that and much more in today’s curds below.

Without Robert Tonyan, Packers might need to let the Big Dog eat | Packers Wire
Marcedes Lewis is having a great year by his standards, while Big Bob Tonyan has had a substantial downturn from his 2020 production. But the Packers don't really have another tight end body in Tonyan's mold, so they will likely have to get creative -- and throw more to the Big Dog -- to cover up for his absence.

Dean Lowry putting ‘his stamp on his game’ this season | Packers.com
Lowry already matched his previous career highs for sacks and QB hits after just eight games, as his October was a month to remember for the sixth-year lineman. It's critical for Lowry to complement Kenny Clark, especially with the defense asking more out of the interior linemen in the pass rush, so his emergence has been a welcome one.

Led by AJ Dillon, Packers' running game asserts its dominance in win over Cardinals – The Athletic
The Packers' running game has racked up over 130 yards in four of their last five games, pounding defenses with consistency. The only down performance in that period was a 57-yard game against an elite Washington front, but even that contest finished as a two-touchdown victory.

Za’Darius Smith Hints of Potential Return - Sports Illustrated
Smith tweeted that he was back in Green Bay on Friday, likely getting his back issues evaluated and evidently hoping to get back on the practice field soon. Meanwhile, the Packers look likely to get some major reinforcements this week against Kansas City, with the likes of David Bakhtiari, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Davante Adams, and Allen Lazard expected to return.

NFL Week 8 takeaways - What we learned | ESPN
Backup quarterbacks were the big story across the NFL on Sunday, as the Packers got some help from the Saints' Trevor Siemian. New Orleans gave the Buccaneers their second loss of the season to ensure that the Packers will lay claim to the NFC's top spot after eight games.

Scientists tracked a mysterious signal in space. Its source was closer to Australia | NPR
Did the source emit a sequence of prime numbers? Are we sure this isn't the work of a crazy billionaire trying to mess with the entire population of the planet as a sick joke?