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Packers will take improved defense into Sunday contest with Minnesota

The Green Bay Packers will take an improved defense into their Sunday contest against Minnesota at Lambeau Field.

But defensive coordinator Dom Capers says he may still be conservative with his blitzes, to keep running back Adrian Peterson in check.

Peterson was held to 53 yards in Green Bay's loss to the Vikings on Oct. 5, at the Metrodome.

But quarterback Brett Favre sat in the pocket all night and he burned the Packer defense for 271 yards and three touchdowns.

Capers said he had to be conservative because starting safety Atari Bigby was out with a knee injury, and linebackers Aaron Kampman and Clay Matthews had not hit their strides yet.

That's all changed, though - and the Packers' total defense has moved up from 18th in the NFL to third since their seven-point Metrodome loss.

Still, Capers says he's wary about wasting his defenders on the blitz.

He says Favre gets rid of the ball so quickly, that at least one defender was a non-factor on many plays last time.

On offense, coach Mike McCarthy says the Packers will probably add a receiver this week after Brett Swain was ruled out for the season with a left knee injury in Sunday's win at Cleveland.

Tight end Jermichael Finley and left tackle Chad Clifton could be available, depending on their week of practice.

Veterans Mark Tauscher and Ahman Green are healthy, but the coaches are not sure yet how they'll be used.