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Packers’ much-maligned defense now sitting atop NFL

December 3, 2009 by  
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Dec 4, 2009
Associated Press

OK, so no spontaneous shouts of, “We’re No. 1!” broke out in the Green Bay Packers‘ locker room Tuesday — at least not while reporters were present.

Packers defensive players aren’t going to pull any muscles patting themselves on the back for their NFL-best 281.5 yards allowed per game so far this season. They’re busy preparing for the Baltimore Ravens on Monday night and other statistics indicate they haven’t quite arrived; they’re only 12th in points allowed, for example. 

Charles Woodson's seven interceptions are tied for third in the NFL.

Charles Woodson's seven interceptions are tied for third in the NFL.

All that said, inside linebacker Nick Barnett acknowledges that talking about stingy statistics is a lot more fun than last season, when everyone kept asking why the defense kept letting the team down.

“It feels good to be talking about No. 1 and keeping focused and staying focused, and you like to have that rather than, ‘Why is your defense 32nd?'” Barnett said. “But we’ve got to keep things in perspective. Like I say, you’re not No. 1 unless you end the season No. 1, and we know we’ve got a lot of work ahead of us and still got room to grow.”

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