Top defensive units impressive again

Sure it was only the Arizona Cardinals, but Green Bay's defense showed all signs of the depth it had during its Super Bowl run in the mid 1990s. In short, the Packers manhandled the Cardinals with its first- and second-string units.<p>

Aside from allowing a touchdown early in the game after a turnover deep in the Packers' territory, the Packers' first unit defense shut down the Cardinals. Green Bay racked up three of its six sacks through first one and a half quarters. Middle linebacker Hardy Nickerson, and defensive ends Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila and Vonnie Holliday each recorded sacks. Defensive tackle Cletidus Hunt and linebacker Na'il Diggs made tackles for losses.

"Playing these preseason games, we want to continue to prepare for the regular season," said safety Darren Sharper, who had a big night. "Our defense wants to get physical."

Green Bay's first string defense held Arizona to minus-12 yards rushing on the Cardinals' first five possessions. Last Saturday against Philadelphia, the Packers forced the Eagles to punt after three plays on each of their first two possessions.

Green Bay's second string unit did pretty good as well. In six straight possessions between the end of the first half and early in the fourth quarter, the Packers had three interceptions, a safety and forced the Cardinals to punt twice.

Arizona scored two fourth quarter touchdowns against the Packers' third- and fourth-string players.


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