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Rocky start has Packers feeling sense of urgency

By Nancy Armour

Associated Press

Published: Thursday, Oct. 11 2012 4:21 p.m. MDT

Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy looks up at the scoreboard during the first half of an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts in Indianapolis, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012.

Michael Conroy, Associated Press

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The defense is giving up big chunks of yardage — again. Injuries are piling up. Even the offense, which has carried the Green Bay Packers the last two years, is suspect.

A year after opening the season 13-0, the Packers are in danger of letting the season get away from them. At 2-3 (yes, that includes that loss in Seattle that wasn't really a loss), they face something of a must-win game Sunday night when they play the unbeaten Houston Texans. Chicago, which is off this week, and Minnesota have a two-game lead on Green Bay, and the Packers can't afford to let that gap widen.

Defensive tackle B.J. Raji downplays the idea this week's game is a "must win," but acknowledges it's a "big one" for the Packers.

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