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Beleaguered Defense Gets Boost From Pass Rush

LB Clay Matthews (Star Ledger/USP)

If there's one promising development on defense, it's an improved pass rush. A healthy Clay Matthews had another monster game — yes, another, because you shouldn't be fooled by the sack numbers. More importantly, the Packers got rush from more than just Matthews.

In the wake of a mostly brutal defensive performance by the Green Bay Packers on Sunday against the New York Giants, there may be one silver lining. For the second consecutive week, the Packers recorded 12 quarterback hits, as counted by the defensive coaches. That's just one off the season highs of 13 posted against Chicago in Week 3 and San Diego in Week 9, and the most in a two-game span this...

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