'We knew we'd get back on track,' says Packers DT Kenny Clark


Whether or not Aaron Rodgers' offseason drama with the Green Bay Packers factored into the team's ugly season-opening loss to the New Orleans Saints, that game now seems like a distant memory.

Since Week 1, the Packers have won three straight, and reclaimed their status as a Super Bowl contender. An eventful start to their 'Last Dance' mission.

"Our team, we never wavered, never really got out of whack with everything. We know what we're capable of," Packers defensive tackle Kenny Clark told the Tiki and Tierney show on Thursday. "We've got a lot of veteran guys who work hard and take this seriously and love ball. So, we knew we'd get back on track and get back to winning football.

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"I don't ever remember a time in the locker room or even outside of it talking about [Rodgers' situation]. Ever since he's been back and since the guys got back, it's all been about football and how we can win this season and how we can get to the Super Bowl. That's all it's been about."

Rodgers' effort in Week 1 against the Saints wasn't up to snuff. The 37-year-old threw for just 133 yards with two interceptions, and his 36.8 passer rating was the fourth-lowest mark of his career. But the MVP version of Rodgers is back, as he's thrown for 764 yards and eight touchdowns in the last three games. Last week, he threw his 420th career touchdown pass, tying Dan Marino for sixth all-time.

As for the Packers' defense, there's room for improvement. Although the unit ranks sixth in the league in average yards (311.5), they're allowing third-down conversions on 48.8-percent of opportunities, which ranks 29th. In addition, opponents have scored touchdowns on all 11 trips into the red zone.

Green Bay (3-1) will visit the Cincinnati Bengals (3-1) in a Week 5 matchup on Sunday afternoon. According to FiveThirtyEight's projections, the Packers have a 77-percent chance to reach the playoffs and a 71-percent chance to win the NFC North.

The entire Packers conversation between Clark and Tiki and Tierney can be accessed in the audio player above.

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