Morning Buzz: Packers getting jump on next season
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 Michael Cohen’s look at the Packers' continued deficiencies on the defensive side of the ball.
If watching Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen catch an uncontested touchdown last week felt eerily familiar, or if seeing wide receiver Damiere Byrd slice through the secondary for another easy score triggered déjà vu, there’s no need to consult your primary-care physician.
You are not having a recurring dream. You’re just watching the Green Bay Packers’ defense every week.
“Talking about mental errors,” coach Mike McCarthy said this week, “I made a big deal about it in the Wednesday meetings, just the way we played the prior two games coming into this game. When you have breakdowns and you have easy touchdowns like that, it’s unacceptable. After watching the tape this morning of our defense, way too many negatives.”
As their season fizzled in Carolina, the Packers continued a defensive free fall that has handcuffed the team nearly as much as the loss of Aaron Rodgers. The Packers rank 26th in total defense after the Panthers churned out 387 yards last week. They are allowing the third-highest passer rating to opposing quarterbacks this season (100.5) and have the worst Drive Success Rate in the league, according to Football Outsiders, with opponents moving the chains or scoring a touchdown 73 percent of the time they face any first-and-10 situation.
Mike McCarthy has already started looking at his team with an eye toward 2018:
I spoke to the St. Paul Pioneer Press to preview the Vikings:
Davante Adams will miss the game against the Vikings:
Mike Daniels is getting closer to his goal of making a Pro Bowl:
The Packers opened the tubing hill in the Titletown district:
Michael and Tom Silverstein discussed life without the playoffs in Green Bay:
Here are our predictions for the game:
Elsewhere, Colin Cowherd thinks Aaron Rodgers is in an unhealthy relationship with the Packers:
Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb appeared in a fun spot for Associated Bank:
Former Packer Micah Hyde went from feeling unwanted to the Pro Bowl:
OddsShark looks at betting notes for Vikings-Packers:
It’s been quite a year:
NFL Films documented the Packers defensive failures in Carolina:
Packers Wire highlights some players to watch over the last two games:
Rob Demovsky looks at what McCarthy’s team review may mean for Dom Capers:
NFL Live previews the game: