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Packers get fourth straight win

Packers get fourth straight win

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Green Bay Packers are tied for first place in the NFC North. The Carolina Panthers are in first place in the NFC South. As midseason nears, however, the two teams going in different directions.

The Packers (5-2), winners of four in a row, scored the first 28 points and crushed the Panthers 38-17 on Sunday at Lambeau Field.

"We have a lot of respect for (Panthers coach) Ron Rivera and the program he's built there and what they have as a football team," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. "We looked at this as a big challenge today. You've got to grow with every opportunity and we did that today, not only in the win column but what we were...