Pete Dougherty and Aaron Nagler look at the road ahead for Aaron Rodgers and the Packers after their loss to the Panthers in Carolina. USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin
Welcome to your 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 after their 31-24 loss to the Carolina Panthers.
We’ll start with Tom Silverstein’s scathing overview of this Packers team and the job Ted Thompson has done since the Packers won the Super Bowl seven years ago.
The Packers were 28 yards away from playing a third straight overtime game and possibly pulling out a season-saving victory over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday at Bank of America Stadium.
But it was just a tease because since winning Super Bowl XLV they have been neither good enough nor talented enough to do more than put up a good front week after week.
If Aaron Rodgers had led the offense to a second touchdown in less than 3 minutes and the Packers had won the coin flip in overtime and scored a touchdown to pull out a miracle victory to improve to 8-6, it would have been merely a reprieve.
It would have lasted until the Minnesota Vikings or Detroit Lions or some playoff opponent brought them back to reality with a slap in the face. They would have packed up their bags, noted how close they got again and then gotten ready to do it again.
General manager Ted Thompson’s anachronistic approach to talent acquisition has left them exposed at one specific position or area of athleticism or facet of the game at the end of every season since the Packers won their 13th championship in February 2011.
Pete Dougherty weighs in on whether Aaron Rodgers should even play the last two games:
The Packers' defense didn’t have many answers:
Davante Adams left another game after another brutal, dirty hit:
Stu Courtney has the latest Insider:
I chatted with some pretty despondent Packers fans after the game:
The Packers basically need a miracle to happen to make the postseason now:
Elsewhere, Rob Demovsky writes on the Packers possibly shutting down Rodgers:
The Packers Wire says Dom Capers’ time in Green Bay should be up:
NFL Network has highlights from the game:
This was an incredible exchange:
Despite Sunday’s outcome, the Packers have been pretty good in December:
Julius Peppers talked about his history with the Packers after the game:
The Vikings are back on top of the division:
Cheesehead TV points to what went wrong against the Panthers:
The Power Sweep looks at Rodgers’ imperfect return:
NFL Fan Therapy looks at losing Aaron Rodgers:
The Internet’s got jokes: