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 an extra strong cup of coffee and get caught up on everything you need to know about the Packers as they get set to take on the Minnesota Vikings.
As always on game day, we’ll start with Tom Silverstein’s 5 Things To Watch.
EIGHT MEN IN: The challenge of a Mike Zimmer-orchestrated defense is trying to figure out what its intentions are. Zimmer consistently will bring a safety in the box and walk his inside linebackers up to the line of scrimmage, creating a threat that he’s going to devote them all to stopping the run or rushing the passer.
“The thing about that defense is there’s eight guys up and there’s seven blockers, so you’re always outnumbered by one if they decide to bring them all,” quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt said. “But they’ve got to play empty pressure behind it and go one-on-one outside. Any completion or broken tackle’s a big play. So, it’s a gamble for both sides.”
Zimmer will bring all kinds of combinations of those eight players, so it’s up to quarterback Aaron Rodgers to figure out who’s coming.
Tom also writes on Davante Adams becoming the Packers’ No. 1 wide receiver:
Pete Dougherty’s latest column looks at the impetus behind Aaron Rodgers’ elevated play:
Ryan Wood writes on the precautions Ty Montgomery will be taking in order to try and play today:
Michael Cohen notes the job the Packers have done in ball security so far this season:
I broke down matchups for today’s game (and commented on the noise) in my latest podcast:
Incredible story of two Packers fans from Rich Ryman that has to be read to be believed:
Elsewhere, NFL Film’s Greg Cosell says the Packers can expect to see a lot of 2 high safety coverage:
Ty Montgomery is reportedly set to play today:
Expect Montgomery and Aaron Jones to split carries, at least to start:
Rich has the TV coverage breakdown of who can see Packers-Vikings:
NFL Films highlights Mike Daniels’ love of comic books:
Geoff Schwartz breaks down what makes Rodgers so good in the 2 minute drill:
Christina Jenkins gives us three keys to today’s game:
Tom Pelissero breaks down today's matchup for NFL Network:
Rob Demovsky writes on Blake Martinez’ study habits:
If it’s game day, Cheesehead TV will let us know why the Packers will win and why they might not:
A couple of Packers were fined for actions during the Cowboys game:
Bit of a throwback to an earlier Vikings-Packers matchup:
Today’s game will be featured everywhere, including virtual reality:
The NFLPA named Ha Ha Clinton-Dix their Community MVP: