Green Bay Packers: 6 Unsung Heroes

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Green Bay Packers: 6 Unsung Heroes
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The Green Bay Packers are 10-4 and have already clinched the NFC North title. But it sure hasn't been easy.

The season has been a real grind. It started with a loss to the San Francisco 49ers at Lambeau Field. Two weeks later, the Packers lost to the Seattle Seahawks in the infamous "Fail Mary" game.

The Packers also blew an 18-point lead at Indianapolis, when Andrew Luck and the Colts came back to beat them, 30-27.

Plus, there were all the injuries.

It started in the first preseason game against the San Diego Chargers, when starting right inside linebacker Desmond Bishop tore his hamstring and was lost for the season.

The Packers have also lost two other defensive starters for the season: D.J. Smith, who was Bishop's replacement, and Nick Perry, this year's first-round pick and a starting left outside linebacker. Smith suffered an ACL tear, and Perry underwent surgery to repair an injured wrist.

The offense lost two starters for the season as well: running back Cedric Benson with a foot injury and right tackle Bryan Bulaga with a hip injury.

Add to those injuries, the Packers have had to play several games without key players in the lineup.

They would include right outside linebacker Clay Matthews, right defensive end C.J. Wilson, strong safety Charles Woodson, left guard T. J. Lang, wide receiver Greg Jennings and wide receiver Jordy Nelson. 

But in their absence, a number of unsung heroes have stepped up and helped the Packers maintain their level of excellence.

These six players have played a key role in the Packers' ability to win eight out of their last nine games.

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