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Cheese Curds, 11/29: Packers head into bye week on a high note

Matt LaFleur’s team avoided a two-game losing streak once again and now gets a well-earned rest, hopefully leading to the return of some injured players.

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Finally, the Green Bay Packers’ bye week is here.

The Packers have slogged through a long 12 weeks, suffering significant injuries in nearly every game this season. Still, they find themselves at 9-3 before the bye and in great position to make another run at home-field advantage in the NFC playoffs. On Sunday, the Packers’ 36-28 victory over the Los Angeles Rams also ensured that Matt LaFleur would not have his first two-game losing streak as a head coach.

But while the team has found its cold-weather hammer for the fourth quarters at Lambeau Field, it also got some injured players back before the bye in Aaron Jones and Rashan Gary. That helped immensely on Sunday, and it will only boost morale and the hope that other injured players like David Bakhtiari, Josh Myers, Jaire Alexander, or Za’Darius Smith may be able to return by the end of the regular season.

This is by far the most injury-related adversity that this franchise has dealt with in LaFleur’s short time as the head coach. He still may not end up earning Coach of the Year honors this season, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find anyone who has overcome more absences, injuries, illnesses, and distractions this season as him.

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