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Packers player admits team has too many penalties, adds 'I think refs are out to get us'

By Ryan Wilson | CBSSports.com
Mike McCarthy can't be pleased with all the penalties. (US Presswire)

The Packers are 2-3 and in third place in the NFC North behind the Bears and Vikings. Pretty sure nobody saw that coming.

Of course, one loss came against the Seahawks in the Monday Night game that shall not be mentioned (OK, I just mentioned it) and the other loss at the hands of a Colts team playing for its coach recently diagnosed with leukemia.
As for the loss to the Seahawks, there's a case to be made that Seattle wide receiver Golden Tate got away with offensive pass interference on that final, fateful play. Concerning the latter loss, Green Bay's wounds were self-inflicted (the team committed nine penalties for 89 yards, but most were inconsequential) and it was the defense's inability to get off the field that doomed them in Indy.

Still, at least one person in the locker room thinks this is more than just lack of execution.

"It's definitely on us as players," one Packer told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Lori Nickel on Monday, "but I think the refs are out to get us this year."

We understand the frustration -- in addition to the Seahawks game, the officials missed a blatant offensive pass interference by Saints wideout Marques Colston that resulted in a touchdown -- but the logistical undertaking of the officials being "out to get the Packers this year" would require not only coordination among the full-timers but also the replacement refs who worked that MNF game late last month.

Either way, the unidentified player is half right; it's definitely on Green Bay to minimize the dumb penalties. The Packers lead the NFL in penalty yards (390) and are the fourth-most penalized team (40) through five games.

"I figured we were probably pretty close [to leading the league]" fullback John Kuhn said via Nickel. "It's unfortunate that our penalties are so high because we're trying to be more of a physical team. We just need to do that in a correct fashion. We just need to play more fundamentally sound. Obviously, we're not doing that well enough. They always say, don't give the official the chance to make the call."

Tackle Marshall Newhouse added: "At the end of the day, we just have to be professional and execute. That's just what it comes down to."

Green Bay travels to Houston Sunday night to face the undefeated Texans. Six of the nine CBSSports.com experts have Houston winning.

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