Welcome to your game-day Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers from around the web and here at PackersNews.com. Grab a strong cup of coffee and get caught up on everything you need to know about the Packers as they prepare to take on the Cincinnati Bengals.
We’ll start with Pete Doughtery’s latest column which compares the directions taken by the Packers and Bengals franchises.
This weekend the teams meet for only the sixth time since Brett Favre’s legend was born against the Bengals at Lambeau Field in Week 3 of the 1992 season. At that point, they still were the sorry, stingy mom-and-pop shops they’d been since Lombardi and Brown quit coaching them.
But since that day, one has gone on a 25-year run as one of the league’s exemplary franchises, while the other has mostly continued muddling along.
Since 1992 the Packers have the NFL’s second-best winning percentage (.636). They’ve won two Super Bowls, played in seven NFC Championship games and missed the playoffs only six times.
Over that same span, the Bengals’ have the No. 27 winning percentage (.427). They had an 11-year run (from 1992-2002) when they were 52-124 and never topped .500 or made the playoffs, and they still haven’t won a playoff game since January 1991.
The Packers, despite their small-town roots story, have grown out of the stingy mom-and-pop shop they were in 1991. The Bengals, on the other hand, aren’t that different from back then.
Tom Silverstein has this week’s "5 Things To Watch" for Bengals-Packers:
Tom also takes a look at the "nitro" package and a possible adjustment that might be needed to be made:
It’s going to be a hot one today, in more ways than one:
Mark Murphy and several Packers players reacted to President Donald Trump’s remarks from Friday night in Alabama:
Here’s your chance to build the ultimate all-time Packers team:
Elsewhere, NFL Network reports that Jordy Nelson and Bryan Bulaga are expected to play today:
The NFL has some X Factors for today’s game:
Jason Wilde gives three keys to the game:
Chris Peterson tells us why the Packers will beat the Bengals and why they might not:
Rob Demovsky writes on Clay Matthews nearing the Packers' all-time sack record:
Power Sweep cautions playing the Blame Game with injuries:
Bill Huber is here to break your heart:
Boomer Esiason and Phil Simms break down today’s game:
Ty Montgomery gave some thoughts on his blog about the president’s statements on Friday night: