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Optimism Rides on Winds of Defensive Change

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Despite months of public practices, it might be the best-kept secret in football: What will Green Bay's defense look like against Seattle on Thursday night? “We’re as excited as probably a lot of Packers fans are to watch it,” linebacker A.J. Hawk said.

The new-look Green Bay Packers defense will be unleashed on Thursday night at Seattle. With all 32 teams having undefeated records, optimism is sky-high all across the league this time of year. Still, for the defensive players in the Green Bay locker room who were part of the season-long debacle that was 2011, the playoff embarrassment at San Francisco in 2012 and the injury-ravaged...

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