by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (9/30/14) The Packers have more than held their own in tough matchups against the Lions and Bears over the last two weeks, racking up 21 combined Fantasy points. Things should get a lot easier in Week 5, with the Vikings on the schedule.
The Vikings might be down to their third quarterback this week, if Teddy Bridgewater's ankle keeps him out. Even if Bridgewater does play, however, he will be making his second NFL start just four days after suffering an ankle injury. If Bridgewater is limited, the Packers could feast on a one-dimensional offense that has struggled to run the ball before last Sunday.
The Packers' defense has improved in each game this season, and they will look to keep the trend going in Week 5. Consider them a solid starting option, worth picking up on waivers for this week.
Packers DST bends but doesn't break
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (9/28/14) The Packers made a couple of big defensive plays to keep the Bears offense at bay Week 4 at Chicago. The Bears had no problem piling up yards, finishing with 496 -- the most the Packers have given up in a game this season -- and yet they scored only 17 points.
Clay Matthews and Sam Shields each had a big interception and a big return in the second half, ending productive drives for the Bears and turning them into scoring opportunities for the Packers. Datone Jones also recorded a sack.
Though the Packers DST has been light on big plays so far this season, each week it has allowed fewer points than the week before. It has its most favorable matchup yet in Week 5, hosting the Vikings on Thursday night.
Packers defense holds Lions in check
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (9/21/14) The Packers DST turned in a solid performance Week 3 against the Lions.
The team did a solid job in the passing game, keeping Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson out of the end zone. The team was hurt by offensive turnovers. The Lions managed to run in a score after an Eddie Lacy fumble early in the contest. Reggie Bush scored the only offensive touchdown against Green Bay.
The Packers had some success with turnovers and pressure. Outside of the two interceptions, Green Bay sacked Stafford twice, and forced one fumble.
They'll look for more next week against the Bears.
Packers rule out just one on defense for Week 3
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (9/19/14) The Packers unveiled their injury report for Week 3, and they don't have many question marks on the defensive side of the ball for Week 3 against the Lions.
Defensive back Micah Hyde (knee) is probable for Week 3, while fellow defensive back Casey Hayward is questionable with a glute injury. Linebacker Brad Jones is the only player ruled out on defense, as he deals with a quadriceps injury.
Packers DST notches one turnover vs. Jets
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (9/14/14) The Packers defense managed two sacks and one interception in the team's 31-24 win over the Jets in Week 2.
The defense intercepted a pass on its own three-yard line with less than two minutes left in the first half after hitting Geno Smith on a pass attempt. Smith was hit on another pass early in the third quarter that appeared to cause the ball to go backwards in the air, with the defense recovering the fumble, but the play was questionably overturned and ruled incomplete, leaving the Packers with the lone turnover. One of the team's two sacks came on the only Jets play of the game that featured Michael Vick at quarterback.
The Packers will head to Detroit to take on the Lions in Week 3.
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The Packers defense is restocked and healthy coming into 2014 -- a dangerous combination for their opponents. Clay Matthews will be fine after messing up his thumb last year and he'll be joined on the pass rush by ex-Bears end-turned-linebacker Julius Peppers. Casey Hayward will return to the secondary after missing 13 games with hamstring issues while rookie Ha Ha Clinton-Dix joins him at safety. The defensive line boasts some pretty good depth including rookie Khyri Thornton coming aboard. The Packers will surely have some tough weeks (playing at Seattle makes for a tough Week 1 draw) but there's still enough talent there to cause some problems and get more than the 11 interceptions and three touchdowns the defense got last year (the special teams delivered one touchdown). Though they have a lot of front-seven members getting older, the Packers should still be considered good enough to consider with a final-round pick.