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Cheese Curds, 9/7: Time for the Packers to get some answers

After an offseason of questions, the Packers are about to get some real answers.

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To say it was an offseason of questions in Green Bay undersells the circumstances a bit. The questions technically started before the offseason even began — people wondered why Matt LaFleur elected to kick a field goal late in what turned out to be the Green Bay Packers’ final game — and didn’t really slow down from there.

Do the Packers have enough talent to get over the hump and into the Super Bowl? Was drafting Jordan Love the cause of discontent in Green Bay? Is Aaron Rodgers coming back at all?

Some questions have been answered, and quite definitively, too — Aaron Rodgers is back in Green Bay, no matter what information may have been accumulated between the end of the season and training camp.

But for others, we don’t have answers. At least, not yet. But soon we will. The answers to an offseason of questions will begin to arrive on Sunday. Sure, they’ll come in the unexpected environment that is Jacksonville, but they’ll still come. And after an offseason of questions, some answers are going to feel pretty great.

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