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Packers look to clinch NFC North against Chicago

Discussion in 'Packer Articles' started by Travis Duncan, Dec 11, 2012.

  1. Travis Duncan

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    uspw_6836400.jpg Dec 9, 2012; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers running back DuJuan Harris (26) scores a touchdown past Detroit Lions safety Ricardo Silva (39) the 4th quarter at Lambeau Field. Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

    By Travis Duncan
    Packer Forum writer

    At 9-4 the Packers can clinch the NFC North on Sunday with a win against the 8-5 Bears.

    A playoff spot is clinched in the very unlikely event of a GB tie and then a series of scenarios in which a combination of Dallas, Washington and then another tie between St. Louis and Minnesota. Very unlikely, so Sunday's 1 p.m. kickoff at Soldier field is for the division crown. Of course a loss

    Return of Matthews, Lang and Woodson

    Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said Monday that he hopes Clay Matthews, Charles Woodson and T.J. Lang will play Sunday against Chicago.

    The question for Lang, who is returning from an ankle injury, is if he will play at right tackle, where he assumed duties once Bryan Bulaga went down for the year, or if he will play at left guard, as reported by the Green Bay Press Gazette. In Sunday's win over Detroit Dan Barclay played at right tackle and Evan Dietrich-Smith started at left guard.

    "We’ve got flexibility," said McCarthy. "T.J’s played pretty much every position for us except center, so he’ll be ready for anything."

    Running Back by committee

    It's all positives for DuJuan Harris who was signed to the Packers practice squad in October and found himself with on the field for the Packers first offensive play of Sundays' win. Harris carried the ball 11 yards on that play and totaled 31 yards on 7 carries. Of course his biggest moment came in the 4th quarter with a go-head touchdown score from 14 yards out.

    Likely we'll see a combination of Alex Green, Ryan Grant and Harris from this point forward which could be subject to change if James Starks were to play again this season.

    Green totaled 69 yards on 13 carries and Grant had one carry for 13 yards.

    "I think it's a great benefit just to have a combination of three different running styles," McCarthy said via the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

    "It's something we already started on today, how we can better utilize their talents."
    Simply put the Packers know they have to run the ball to keep the passing game going.

    Aaron Rodgers Day

    Earlier this year the Wisconsin State Legislature designated December 12, 2012 as Aaron Rodgers for fans across the state to celebrate the much beloved Packers QB.

    According to Gannett Media Central Wisconsin, the thing really got started by a fan named Jennifer Brilowski who had the idea for 12/12/12 to be Rodgers day, with the obvious connection being Rodgers' jersey number. She posted it to Facebook and eventually a state rep by the name of Garey Bies made it happen.

    Neal talks about Adderall

    Mike Neal, who served a four-game suspension earlier this season, for violating the leagues policy on performance enhancing drugs, spoke this week about the use of Adderall which he uses to treat a form of obsessive compulsive disorder and improve his concentration.

    Neal said in part, "If you look at the policy on street drugs, we get tested one time a year. You can get dudes snorting cocaine before they come in here. They'll pee, but it'll never show up because you only get tested for it one time a year. There are things way worse than taking a prescription drug. Even if you get caught with that, you get put into a program. People smoke marijuana and get put into a program for two years.

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