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Defending their ranking: Packers aiming to remain the NFL’s No. 1 defense

December 3, 2009 by  
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Dec 4, 2009
By Lori Nickel, Journal-Sentinel

Nick Collins and Tramon Williams have lockers right next to one another, and it can be enlightening to drop in on their conversations as they open mail or scan the paycheck stubs handed out by Rob Davis.

On Tuesday, a day after their Green Bay Packers defense ascended to the No. 1 ranking in the NFL by holding opponents to an average of 281.5 yards of offense per game, it seemed a sure bet the pair of friends and young defensive backs would find the ranking especially gratifying.

But Collins half-rolled his eyes, dismissively. “Teams still disrespecting us,” he said.

Williams nodded in agreement. “For real,” continued Collins. “We’re still the underdog. We’re not the team that’s talked about. It’s the other team.”

"When you think of Green Bay, we want you to think dominant defense," said safety Atari Bigby. "That'll be something good to see."

"When you think of Green Bay, we want you to think dominant defense," said safety Atari Bigby. "That'll be something good to see."

Really? Like who? “Baltimore!” Collins and Williams said in unison.

“The thing you hear now is, ‘Can we be as physical as Baltimore?'” asked Williams, mockingly.

“That’s like a slap in our face,” said Collins, shaking his head again. “Tsk. But, hey. We kind of like that position of underdog because it allows us to just go out and compete and do our job.”

The fact is the new ranking brought out varied reactions from the people who produced it. Some Packers did find it validating. Others wondered if it was tentative. A few looked forward to using it for a slight edge as a possible intimidation factor.

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