Morning Buzz: Packers enter uncharted waters
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 as they prepare to take on the Minnesota Vikings.
We’ll start with news that, with the Atlanta Falcons victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday Night Football, the Packers have been eliminated from playoff contention.
Any other year, a loss to the Carolina Panthers might not have been so damaging. The Packers lost to a good team on the road Sunday, hardly an unforgivable sin. In doing so, the Packers showed they were a playoff-caliber team, if not the fierce Super Bowl contender everyone expected.
This is not every other year, of course. Treading water since Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone eight weeks earlier, the Packers faced a must-win game in the middle of December. It was a situation they’ve handled well under coach Mike McCarthy in the past, most recently their run-the-table streak in late 2016. But not this time.
With Sunday’s 31-24 loss at Carolina, the relevant portion of the Packers' season ended. The Atlanta Falcons' 24-21 victory Monday night at Tampa Bay eliminated the Packers (7-7) from playoff contention. They will miss the playoffs for the first time since 2008, Rodgers’ first season as a starter after replacing Brett Favre, who spent that season with the New York Jets.
Eric Baranczyk and Pete Dougherty look at the poor play of the defense in their weekly analysis:
Joe Callahan is back:
Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis was suspended two games for his dirty hit on Davante Adams:
Davante Adams took to Twitter with a message for Davis:
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix discussed the Davis hit on Clubhouse Live last night:
Pete had several additional observations from the Panthers game:
I chatted with readers about the possibility of the Packers will put Aaron Rodgers back on the shelf:
I also listened to several voicemails from Packers fans:
Packers fans lined up well in advance to get Aaron Rodgers’ autograph last night:
Elsewhere, #FireCapers has apparently reached Brazil:
It’s been a rough year for the Packers defense:
The Packers Wire shares 5 lessons from the loss to the Panthers:
The Packers left tackle was pleased with the news of Davis’ suspension:
It could be a snowy one on Saturday night:
Lucky for the Packers they have a seemingly never ending supply of labor to help out:
Rob Demovsky writes on the Packers possibly sitting Rodgers:
Cory Jennerjohn doesn’t think signing Adams to a contract extension is worth it:
ACME Packing Company parses the snap counts from Sunday’s game:
Rodgers made a lot of people happy while signing autographs for charity:
The Internet’s got jokes: