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Cheese Curds, 10/6: Packers leave for business trip, defense must find answers for the run

There won’t be much time for tourism as the Packers are keeping their travel schedule brief this weekend for their trip across the pond.

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The tough part about business trips is that you still (usually) have to work. It’s fun to go to a new place, see the sights, and find some interesting food and drink on the company dime, but ultimately you have a job to do, and that needs to remain the priority.

Such is the case for the Green Bay Packers, as they will fly out on Thursday evening for their first trip to London for a game. It would be a lot of fun for these players to spend a few days seeing the sights, chowing down on fish and chips, maybe visiting the Tower of London or Big Ben. But their time is necessarily limited, and the New York Giants await, forcing the team to focus on their preparation for the game rather than getting out and spending significant time out exploring the area.

Traveling fans are a different story, of course, as their efforts can be limited to just the three or so hours of game time on Sunday afternoon. Expect to see plenty of green and gold around London over the next few days as Packers fans take over the city from now through the weekend.

(Personally, if I were in London on Friday evening before this game, I’d be trying to find tickets for the women’s soccer game between the USWNT and England.)

It should still be a fun experience for the Packers’ players and coaches, but they’ll have to save most of their touristy experiences for another time.

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The good news for Rodgers is that he can afford to go over to London in the offseason if he wants to, especially after signing his big new contract in the offseason. It’s not hard to understand wanting to explore the area and the culture, but priority #1 must still be to get your job done.

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Evaluating the Packers’ struggling run defense and what they can do to fix it - The Athletic ($)
Of course, the run defense is a different story, and in comes the NFL's leading rusher through three games. The issues have resulted from everything from bad angles to missed tackles to poor edge-setting, and all of those things must be better on Sunday.

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The craziest part of this story is that they went to In-N-Out specifically for their fries. If fries are what you want, go literally anywhere else!