NFL: Green Bay Packers-St. Louis Rams Preview


Published: September 27, 2009

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... the left defensive end—the primary responsibility of right tackle Allen Barbre—has recorded seven sacks (three by other linemen).

Overall, the team has yielded ten—three fewer than the entire 2007 season when the Packers went to the NFC Championship Game.

Things could get worse before they get better: Chad Clifton, the offensive line's only solid starter, is out with an ankle injury. Fortunately for the Packers, they face one of the few teams that may not be able to take advantage of this weakness—St. Louis only have one sack in two games, tied for second-worst in the league.

This has been a source of anguish for the many people who picked the Packers to go deep into the playoffs, including a significant number of national pundits (Mike Ditka, Howie Long, and Michael Strahan to name a few) picking them to make the Super Bowl. It is making even those of us picking them to win the division look shaky, and has been a source of pride for Vikings fans.


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