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Packers are a Wild-Card team, at Best

November 4, 2009 by  
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By Pete Dougherty, Press-Gazette
Nov. 4th, 2009

Almost halfway through the season, the 2009 Green Bay Packers are just another NFL team. It’s not just their 4-3 record. It’s how they got there as well.

Their wins are over teams that are a combined 7-23, including three (Detroit, Cleveland and St. Louis) that have won only one game each. 

They’ve had two big games, against Minnesota, and lost both. In the post-Brett Favre era, they have but one high-quality win, in Week 6 last year, when they defeated the Indianapolis Colts. Even that was over a team that staggered to a 3-4 start while quarterback Peyton Manning struggled through recovery from arthroscopic knee surgery in training camp before finishing with nine straight wins. 

No wonder why Charles Woodson is sad: The defense ranks 25th in the 32-team NFL in sacks percentage, the same as it finished last season.

No wonder why Charles Woodson is sad: The defense ranks 25th in the 32-team NFL in sacks percentage, the same as it finished last season.

 The Packers’ 2009 season is looking like an object lesson in reading too much into the preseason. The starters’ performance on both sides of the ball — they outscored their opponents’ starters 73-13 — suggested a possible Super Bowl contender at hand. Hard to see it now.

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