The Green Bay Packers again have a defense that they believe can win games for them.
''You know, last year, there weren't many games where you'd say that,'' Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers said. ''Of course, our offense was playing so well, it was such a different scenario.''
This year, the Aaron Rodgers-led offense isn't as unstoppable, which is why the NFL MVP appreciates the defense's return to form.
''For our defense to play that way, it gives our offense a ton of confidence, knowing that we don't have to press thinking that we got to score just about every possession in order to win the game,'' Rodgers said earlier this week on his weekly radio show. ''They keep playing like this, we're going to be tough to beat.''
Last year's defense ranked dead last in the 32-team NFL in yards allowed, gave up more passing yards than any defense in NFL history and finished 19th in scoring defense.
In 2012, the defense entered this week's games 16th in yards allowed per game (343...