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The grind begins

by Mark Daniels

The Pack is back from it's bye week off and now begins an arduous 13 game march to hopefully, another playoff berth.  Head Coach Mike McCarthy has to find a way for his 1-2 team to close out games, they've had fourth quarter leads in both losses on the road.  He also hopes to have a healthy team when the squad returns for meetings and a light practice late Monday afternoon.  No less than 8 players have been dealing with hamstring injuries this season, Morgan Burnett, counted on to be the quarterback of the secondary and Casey Hayward, an all-rookie ballhawk with six interceptions last season, have yet to take the field because of hamstring pulls.   Clay Matthews, with a history of hamstring problems, only played a half last time out in Cincinnati.  Jarett Bush and John Kuhn missed that game because of the pesky hammy.  Eddie Lacy and Jermichael Finley should get back from concussion related injuries.  McCarthy needs all hands on deck to re-launch the schedule which begins with the Detroit Lions Sunday at Lambeau Field.

The Lions will come in roaring after a 40-32 victory over the Chicago Bears Sunday at Ford Field.  Detroit bolted to a big lead with a 27 point second quarter thanks to the usual offensive fireworks from Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson.  Making them even harder to defend is the arrival of running back Reggie Bush.   The former Saint and Dolphin has made a big free agent impact.  He rushed for 139 yards and a touchdown in the victory.  Stafford ran for one and passed for another and the Detroit defense chipped in when Nick Fairley recovered a Jay Cutler fumble forced by Ndamukong Suh for a touchdown   Cutler was also picked three times.  Both teams lead the NFC North at 3-1.

The Minnesota Vikings had to traverse the Atlantic Ocean for their first victory, a 34-27 win over the 0-4 Pittsburgh Steelers.  Adrian Peterson did his thing, 140 yards and two scores while Greg Jennings caught his first two touchdown passes of the year from Matt Cassel, filling in for the injured Christian Ponder.   The Wembley Stadium victory gets the Vikes to 1-3.

There's a vacancy on the Green Bay Packers 7 member Executive Committee. Ed Martin resigned from the committee on Friday.    He was elected to the board of directors in 2004 and moved on to the executive committee four years later.    He said his family business and his family in general is taking priority lately and after 10 years, he can't devote as much time as he would like toward the organization.   President and CEO Mark Murphy said Martin was a key player in the rapid growth and expansion of the franchise during his tenure.