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"To just put it on one thing, you can't," linebacker Brady Poppinga said. "Because there's so many other moving parts, so many other situational things happening."
One bright spot is Charles Woodson, who moved from cornerback to safety because of Atari Bigby's nagging injuries and made the Pro Bowl. So did safety Nick Collins for the first time in his career, but it's been a frustrating year for the defense.
Expected to step forward with Brett Favre gone, Green Bay's defense ranks 24th overall, and emotions boiled over during last week's 20-16 loss at Jacksonville. Poppinga and cornerback Al Harris feuded on the field over a blown pass coverage assignment, and rookie tight end Jermichael Finley drew Rodgers' wrath for lining up incorrectly on a third-and-goal play just before halftime.
"It's frustrating just because we're underachieving," said Grant, who ran for 145 yards and a touchdown in the win over the Bears. "The potential, we know the type of ability we have. We have to go out and perform at that level. We need to put it together. We understand the situation now. We need to finish strong."
They would like nothing more than to do that at Chicago's expense.
The offensive line dominated the Bears last month, but the Packers are now without injured right tackle Mark Tauscher. That should help Chicago's defense, which failed to register a sack for the third time this season while allowing Rodgers to throw for 227 yards and two touchdowns.
Since then, the Bears have won three of four, and they will try to make it three in a row for the first time since the 2006 NFC championship season. With any luck, they'll still have a shot at the playoffs -- however slim it might be.
"If we take care of everything on our end, hopefully other teams won't take care of the things they need to take care of," nose tackle Anthony Adams said.
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