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GREEN BAY — The Green Bay Packers had played 11 consecutive weeks without a bye and were going up against a fellow NFC contender coming off one.

1. Continue spreading around the ball: Graham Mertz completed passes to nine receivers last week against Northwestern, a welcomed sign of his improvement and the passing game’s step forward in recent weeks. Mertz said this week that he’s seen receivers win routes quicker and be “more violent” in their route running. That could be helpful against a Cornhuskers passing defense that was shredded two weeks ago against Ohio State and lost its best player, linebacker JoJo Domann, after he had surgery on his left hand.

Aaron Jones (above) was candid about what the Packers offense, without Rodgers and with Love under center, will need from him and fellow running back AJ Dillon: More.

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