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Packers' run defense has to improve in a hurry

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The Green Bay Packers are 1-0 for the first time since 2011, but as the focus turns towards Seattle and a rematch of the NFC Championship game on Sunday night, there's a glaring problem.

The Packers run defense was shredded by Matt Forte and the Chicago offense last Sunday, surrendering 189 yards on the ground in a 31-23 win. As of Monday night, it was the worst performance by an NFL team in the opening week of play.

"We were not assignment clean as we needed to be. We really didn't handle the outside zone with the flatfoot work that we struggled with against Philadelphia in the preseason, and it was an issue again for us yesterday," head coach Mike McCarthy said on Monday. "That's a point of emphasis because obviously we are going to see it again this week with Seattle."

The Seahawks rushed for only 76 yards last Sunday in a 34-31 overtime loss to St. Louis. Featured running back Marshawn Lynch had 73 yards on 18 carries.

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