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Cheese Curds, 1/5: Packers’ receiver room is getting healthy at just the right time

With Christian Watson and Luke Musgrave trending towards playing on Sunday, Matt LaFleur will have a glut of options for how to attack the Bears’ defense.

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The last time Christian Watson played in a game for the Green Bay Packers, he posted his best performance of the season and was showing signs of a mini-breakout. Watson put up 7 catches (a season-high) for 71 yards and two touchdowns against the Kansas City Chiefs, a week after going for 94 yards (his season-high in that category) and a score against the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving Day.

The last time Luke Musgrave was on the field for the Packers was in week 11, when he suffered a lacerated kidney. But in the two weeks before that, he totaled over 110 receiving yards and added a touchdown, showing clear signs that he was on the upswing.

Without Musgrave, the Packers have found a massive weapon in fellow rookie Tucker Kraft. And without Watson, players like Dontayvion Wicks and Bo Melton have stepped up with big performances. But in this Sunday’s regular season finale against the Chicago Bears, every one of these players may well suit up in green and gold, and it’s exciting to think about what the offense could look like.

Whenever Watson’s hamstring is truly, fully healthy — this week or next season — he brings a different dimension to the offense. And the potential pairing and complementary nature of Musgrave and Kraft should have Packers fans salivating about the possibilities when the team lines up in 12 personnel. This doesn’t even address the newfound depth at the receiver position, either, which could open up myriad options for Matt LaFleur in terms of his personnel and playcalling flexibility.

Having too many good, young receivers is a good problem to have, and it’s great that it is finally happening with the Packers still very much alive in the playoff race. The goal is simple on Sunday: win and they’re in. And with this group of young receivers seemingly all on track to suit up together for the first time in a long time, it’s fun to think about what the offense will look like.

Packers’ offense getting healthier as Bears’ defense remains on the rise | Packers.com
Green Bay might have a fully healthy receiver and tight end group for the first time all season, and they may need it against a hot Chicago defense.

Packers’ Luke Musgrave: ‘Would Be Awesome’ to Return Against Bears - Sports Illustrated
Musgrave is one of the players who has a chance to be back on the field, which would mark his first game since week 11.

18 NFL replacements who helped shaped playoff race - ESPN
Tucker Kraft is the Packers' pick here, stepping in after Musgrave's injury to become an impact player as both a receiver and a blocker.

Packers upgrade 5 players to full participants on Thursday injury report | Packers Wire
Dontayvion Wicks is among this group, so he should be all set to go after a one-game absence. Meanwhile, Josh Myers looks good to go too, a helpful boost for an offensive line that faces questions about Elgton Jenkins' availability.

Jordan Love has a chance to etch his name in Packers lore with win over Bears - The Athletic ($)
Sunday is an opportunity for Love to write another thrilling chapter in the story of his first season, and getting that chance at home against the rival Bears would make it that much more fun.

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This came after a group of 10 asked to be seated apart in two groups of five to try to get around the system. Then again this wouldn't happen if the restaurant industry in the US didn't rely on tips.