‘We've got to dig deep'

With two tough games remaining before the bye, then a challenging stretch of road games, the Packers know time is of the essence to reverse a three-game skid.

The last time the Packers were saddled with a sub-.500 record, they responded in a profoundly positive manner.

Green Bay won its final four games in 2006 to take some solace with an 8-8 record and turn that into a building block for a rousing season last year, when it won the NFC North with a 13-3 record and nearly reached the Super Bowl.

A three-game losing streak preceded the victory flurry of two years ago, and that's what has befallen the Packers (2-3) again after they were stunned 27-24 by the visiting Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.

"What happens is when you lose, things get magnified. Now that we've had three in a row, we've got an electron microscope on us right now," defensive end Aaron Kampman said.

The Packers will be under the gun to get things righted in a hurry, starting Sunday in a notoriously hostile environment at Seattle. Green Bay then will host Indianapolis on Oct. 19 before entering the bye week, out of which the Packers will be confronted by three road trips in four games.

Having relinquished the NFC North lead to Chicago, the Green Bay players realize they can't let this three-game slide snowball.

"We've got to dig deep," receiver Greg Jennings said. "I hate to say it's critical, but it's vital that we turn it around. If we continue to play this way, we're going to continue to head in this direction. We're a better team than that, and I know that we're going to be able to pull together and figure this out."

Incumbent upon the Packers is straightening out a weekly occurrence of discipline issues.

The Packers were penalized nine times for 97 yards Sunday. They have committed 44 penalties for a league-high 419 yards this season.

Some players were outspoken after Sunday's game about what they feel is unjust treatment by the officials.

"The calls, they get a little more iffy every week," cornerback Charles Woodson said.

Woodson, among others, was irate about a questionable pass-interference call against rookie dime back Pat Lee that spurred a nine-play, 90-yard touchdown drive that put Atlanta ahead 17-7 at halftime.

"You've got a young guy that's out there giving us quality minutes and makes a big play and all of a sudden, it's negated by a penalty on a competitive play. That sucks," Woodson said. "Receivers get away with murder. That's the bottom line."

The Packers also had a field goal taken away on a holding penalty against rookie tight end Jermichael Finley.

"Anytime something happens five weeks in a row, that's a problem, and penalties have definitely been a problem throughout these first five games," Green Bay head coach Mike McCarthy said.

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