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Injuries Can't Sugarcoat Flaws

LB Spencer Havner (Elaine Thompson/AP)

The Packers played without seven starters on defense — including all four linebackers and All-World cornerback Charles Woodson — but that doesn't excuse all of the shortcomings. The Packers' front-line players haven't recorded one quarterback hit.

The Green Bay Packers' No. 1 defense didn't get the job done for the second consecutive week. Oh, wait, those were a bunch of guys masquarading as the No. 1 defense. In Green Bay's 27-24 win at Seattle, the Packers were without all four presumptive starting linebackers (Clay Matthews, hamstring; Brad Jones, shoulder; Nick Barnett, knee; A.J. Hawk, ankle), All-World cornerback Charles Woodson...

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