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Hopes were high for the Green Bay Packers heading into this season. Maybe an astute prognosticator could have forseen the 6-1 record and a share of the NFC lead. But who could have predicted the circumstances that led the Pack to where they are, or the woeful performance of the rest of the division?<P> The secret to the Packers' success under pressure lies firmly with the "no-excuses" philosophy that starts with coach Mike Sherman.<p>

The Packers are off to their best start since their Super Bowl title season despite losing seven starters to injury. A look at that list reveals an even bigger challenge as the Packers have been without key elements of their team including the highly respected duo of offensive linemen Mark Tauscher and Chad Clifton. Add a rash of injuries to the secondary which claimed Mike McKenzie, Antuan...

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