Welcome to your Halloween 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.
We’ll start with Tom Silverstein’s look at the need for a return to health along the offensive line.
When the Packers reconvene after the bye week, it’s likely they will have four of their five starters on the practice field and possibly all five, depending on how well guard Lane Taylor’s ankle has responded to another week of rest.
If the Packers are going to look respectable on offense again, the recovery must start with a healthy offensive line.
With their first five back, coach Mike McCarthy at least would be able to protect quarterback Brett Hundley and try to use his receivers and tight ends in a strategic manner instead of worrying about how his backup tackles are going to be able to hold up in pass protection.
It also would give him a chance to shift the emphasis over to Aaron Jones, who in his only two NFL starts has cracked the 100-yard rushing mark both times. As good as Justin McCray has been run blocking at three different positions, McCarthy could use him as a tight end in a jumbo formation if all five of his starters are back.
I chatted with readers late yesterday afternoon to set the scene post-bye week:
Tickets to Monday night’s game against the Lions are going cheap:
Vince Biegel joined Ty Montgomery on Clubhouse Live:
Elsewhere, Cheesehead TV takes a look at the Lions’ run defense:
The Packers brought back fullback Joe Kerridge:
Rob Demovsky writes on the Packers possibly playing in London:
ACME Packing Company looks around the NFC North:
Packers Wire highlights Green Bay’s past success against Detroit following a bye:
Jay Sorgi ruminates on Martellus Bennett’s possible retirement:
CBS Sports looks at some of the Packers statistical leaders: