GREEN BAY Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers went back to work  


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 Monday following their bye week knowing they’ll have their hands full with the undefeated Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.But before they worry about the Rams, they focused on another team: Their own.“Today’s about self-improvement,” McCarthy said after his players went through various meetings on their first day back at work after five days off. “And that’s all I talked to them about in the team meeting. Even the things we are doing pretty good statistically is not good enough, and that’s always been the approach here.”Among the meetings players attended Monday were what McCarthy calls “across-the-hall” meetings, in which defensive coaches give offensive players their observations and pointers and vice versa.McCarthy said each meeting was roughly an hour and a half long and paired up various positions so coaches and players could engage in evaluation of the information gleaned from the staff’s bye week self-scouting.For example, left tackle David Bakhtiari said he and the other offensive tackles, along with the tight ends, met with their outside linebacker teammates Monday. With offensive line coaches James Campen and Jeff Blasko coaching up Clay Matthews, Nick Perry and the edge rushers, while linebackers coach Winston Moss shared his findings with the tackles and tight ends.“It’s breaking down, if they were to play us this week, ‘This is how I’d approach you. This is what I’m seeing on film,'” Bakhtiari said. “It’s a different viewpoint instead of just your offensive line coach.”Added veteran cornerback Tramon Williams, whose group was paired with the wide receivers: “Those guys are talking about the things that give them trouble, we’re talking about the things that give us trouble.“We go over film and look at some clippings of what we’ve done well or what we might not have done so well, and I think it just helps everybody in general to know that, ‘OK, going forward, this is the way the defense is looking to attack us.’ Or, ‘This is the way the offense is looking to attack us.'”Of course, now it’s a matter of taking that intel and putting it to good use against the Rams, who come in as the NFL’s lone remaining undefeated team at 7-0 and leading the NFL in total offense (445.3 yards per game) and ranked second in scoring (33.6 points per game).Sunday’s game at the Los Angeles Coliseum kicks off a brutal stretch for the Packers (3-2-1), who play four of their next five games on the road and will travel to New England to face the Patriots and Tom Brady after their matchup with the Rams.McCarthy said Monday the team will travel to Southern California on Friday, a day earlier than usual, and will have their most arduous practices of the week on Tuesday and Wednesday — a day earlier than normal.“For us, it’s one week at a time,” Williams said. “We know that we have an obviously undefeated Rams team this week, who a lot of people think is unbeatable.“Obviously, we know they’re beatable at some degree. But they are tough Deacon Jones Color Rush Jersey , a tough team. Everything they advertise to be, they are. And we haven’t been who we say we were. We’re still working on that. But we feel confident about our chances going into LA, though.“We have to face all those teams. But we can only do it one at a time. We can’t look ahead to next week and talk about Tom Brady right now. It’s the Rams. We understand what’s coming up, but that starts out with the Rams, so that’s what we’re focused on.”The Packers are a significant underdog, even with Aaron Rodgers at quarterback.The Packers are hoping that Rodgers, who has been playing through a painful left knee injury sustained in the Sept. 9 regular-season opener, is the healthiest he’s been since the injury, and his improved mobility could mean more options for McCarthy as an offensive play-caller.McCarthy said if Rodgers’ knee is significantly better, he’ll be able to line up under center more often, which should lead to more carries for the running backs and more effective play-action passing.“When you throw the football, especially the normal down-and-distance, you want to be higher in action-pass than you are in drop-back,” McCarthy said.“The drop-back component of throwing the football has been the strength, but the action-pass is where you want to do a better job, especially (with) the run game. The run game needs attempts. That’s really the biggest thing that came out of the self-scout.” Many an NFL opponent has had a game plan waylaid by the speed, strength and instinct of Aaron Donald over his not-yet-five-full seasons in the league.The 6-foot-1, 280-pound kingpin of the Los Angeles Rams‘ defense was a unanimous pick for the best defensive tackle in the NFL by a panel of 10 football writers for The Associated Press in this week’s edition of the position rankings.“He’s been as disruptive as anyone on the interior, ever,” said the AP’s Josh Dubow, who is based in the Bay Area.Just ask the Minnesota Vikings.The Rams had a 10-point lead on Minnesota last month, but the Vikings were on the move as the fourth quarter began and Kirk Cousins dropped back.Donald leaped off the line to engage with his blocker, before breaking free to the inside of the guard with a textbook swim move. After shoving the center aside, Donald darted forward and swallowed up the quarterback with a bear hug for a 10-yard loss and a harbinger for a punt.The Vikings still had a chance later in the game, trailing by just a touchdown, when Cousins settled in the pocket looking to pass. Donald veered right this time to squeeze between the guard and the tackle, foiling a desperate attempt by the center to slow him down as he closed in on another sack.After tossing Cousins to the turf, Donald simply pointed to his right biceps for his latest celebration.“Early in the game I thought the protection was good,” Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said after the 38-31 loss to the Rams last month Sean Mannion Jersey Black Friday , “and then Donald took it over a little bit at the end.”Donald also topped the AP rankings for defensive tackles last year.After staying away from offseason workouts for a second straight year to protest his lack of a new contract, the Rams finally relented at the end of the preseason with a six-year extension for Donald worth $135 million.For the Rams (5-0), one of the NFL’s two remaining unbeaten teams,the defensive tackle tandem of Donald and newcomer Ndamukong Suh has the potential to change a game as much as their high-octane offense.“It’s almost unfair the way the Rams have stocked up on their defensive line,” said the AP’s Teresa Walker, who’s based in Nashville.Suh finished fifth in the voting released Friday, following Geno Atkins of the Cincinnati Bengals, Fletcher Cox of the Philadelphia Eagles and Gerald McCoy of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. That’s quite the quintet of experience, power and quickness at a position that’s as stacked with elite players as any around the league these days. Donald, Atkins, Cox, McCoy and Suh have played a combined 39 seasons and been picked for the Pro Bowl 24 times, with a cumulative total of 250陆 career sacks playing a role that’s predicated on stopping the run first.Suh and McCoy were the second and third overall picks in the 2010 draft. Atkins, who went in the fourth round that year, is in the top two with Donald in sacks, quarterback pressures and quarterback hits over the last five seasons. This year, Atkins is tied for the league lead with six sacks.“Doesn’t seek attention, but his consistent excellence demands it,” said the AP’s Simmi Buttar, who’s based in New York.The only new addition to the top 10 from last year’s rankings was Jurrell Casey of the Tennessee Titans, who finished sixth.Kawann Short of the Carolina Panthers was seventh, DeForest Buckner of the San Francisco 49ers was eighth, Linval Joseph of the Minnesota Vikings was ninth and Damon Harrison of the New York Giants was 10th. Yes, that was Joseph rumbling down the field last week with a fumble he caught midair and returned 64 yards for a touchdown.“Might be the fastest 330-pound guy in sports,” said the AP’s Rob Maaddi, who’s based in Philadelphia.Now that’s a true defensive tackle.

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