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Cheese Curds, 12/21: James Campen’s reunion, weakness vs. weakness in GB-CAR

Aaron Jones will be happy to meet up with an old friend this Sunday.

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It’s the story of the stoppable force against the movable object. That is the best way to describe the matchup that will take place on Christmas Eve when the Carolina Panthers’ offense faces the Green Bay Packers’ defense.

Green Bay has been a mess defensively over the last two weeks, with the latest embarrassing output being Baker Mayfield’s perfect passer rating last Sunday. But this weekend, they face a Panthers team that is 31st in the NFL in passing yards despite throwing the 10th-most attempts in the NFL, thanks in large part to a last-place ranking in net yards per attempt.

If Bryce Young shreds this defense with his arm, just shut it down.

A more heartwarming story heading into Sunday’s game is the reunion of James Campen with the Packers. A former Green Bay offensive linemen, Campen was the team’s OL coach for over a decade, and he still maintains an excellent relationship with one player on this Green Bay roster — and that’s not even one who played the position that he coached. Aaron Jones is surely looking forward to seeing Campen again on this holiday weekend, for reasons you’ll find out in today’s curds.

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