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Packers running game–by committee and off to slow start: Until something better comes along, the Green Bay Packers may have to accept that their running game will consist of 3 yards and a chunk of sod in the facemask. None of the three runners on their 53-man roster possesses the kind of breakaway ability that keeps jerseys clean or even the occasional breakaway ability that veteran Ryan Grant brought to the offense before suffering a season-ending ankle injury against Philadelphia in the opener.”That’s the way we look at it. We were OK. It was not to the standard that we feel we can play. We need to do a much better job as we get ready for Chicago.”

McCarthy: Clifton the starter, but Bulaga may start--Chad Clifton remains the Green Bay Packers’ starting left tackle when healthy, coach Mike McCarthy said Monday. But when it comes to deciding just when Clifton will be healthy and whether he’ll be considered healthy enough to start Monday night’s showdown with the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field – that much McCarthy couldn’t say.  “He’s our starting left tackle. He’s battling through a rough spot right now medically. We have Bryan Bulaga getting ready.”

Packers’ Bush hopes versatility makes him special–Defensive back putting penalty days behind him: Bush now generally serves as the sixth defensive back when the Packers occasionally play their dime defense to defend the pass. He’s here because of the special teams, playing on punt and kickoff squads as well as both return teams.

Packers vs Bear week: Packers-Bears rivalry is wasting no time creating a special buzz — both locally and nationally. When these two longtime division rivals square off on a national stage on Soldier Field next Monday night, the ratings could be off the charts in Chicago and Green Bay for a game with all kinds of subplots.  You’ve got the mighty Packers, considered legitimate Super Bowl contenders by many league observers after their blazing second-half effort in 2009. While they were far from perfect in their victories over the Eagles on the road and at home against Buffalo, they definitely played well enough to sustain their elite status in league circles.

Packers-Bears I: JayRod reaches relevance: a matchup worthy of hyping. This is what we envisioned all along: Two smart, young quarterbacks with strong arms and favorable schemes leading their undefeated teams into a “Monday Night Football” showdown for sole possession of first in the NFC North. Jay Cutler and his Chicago Bearsare one of the NFL’s biggest surprises, while Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packershave thus far satisfied expectations if not exceeded them.

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