Scary thought: Packers are better

The defending champs have improved, which is bad news for the rest of the NFL

Updated: September 9, 2011, 10:21 AM ET
By Gene Wojciechowski | ESPN.com

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- First of all, there was no way the Green Bay Packers were going to lose to the New Orleans Saints on Thursday evening.

Not at Lambeau Field. Not on a night when their 2010 Super Bowl championship sign was unveiled. Not when 70,000-plus Green Bay fans serenaded their team with "Roll Out The Barrel" as the Pack rolled up 42 points and then rolled up Saints rookie running back Mark Ingram at the goal line on the game's final play.

The defensive stand preserved ...

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