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Pack­ers beat writer Ryan Wood an­swered ques­tions from read­ers Mon­day, a day af­ter Green Bay’s loss to At­lanta. Read the tran­script at json­line.com/pack­ers.

Q: The At­lanta game shows to me that the team is not any bet­ter than last year's team. We can blame it on inju- ries but the fact is At­lanta is bet­ter on de­fense and about the same as the Pack­ers on of­fense. So what does Mike McCarthy and Ted Thomp­son need to do to give the Pack­ers a chance to get to a Su­per Bowl?

A: Hope David Bakhtiari and Bryan Bu­laga can stay healthy. No team is reach­ing the Su­per Bowl play­ing back­ups at tack­les. That's just real­ity of this league. Q: The only rea­son

Thomp­son has a job is num­ber 12

A: It's peo­ple like this, who get so worked up dur­ing Week 2, that con­cern me. Not great for your long-term health.

Q: Silly me, I thought Char­lie Brown would fi­nally get to kick the foot­ball and I thought the Pack­ers would have a good de­fense. Looks the same as last year, should I give up or keep hop­ing?

A: You should keep in mind the Pack­ers de­fense was bet­ter last night than in Jan­uary. Two touch­downs last night were set up by the of­fense. The one thing this de­fense has to fig­ure out against the Fal­cons is how to cover Julio Jones. He was the dif­fer­ence again, mak­ing big plays that win games. Con­sid­er­ing they've tried ev­ery­thing, I'm not sure where that an­swer comes from.

Wood

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