Morning Buzz: Could Packers look at Connor Barwin?
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.
We’ll start with Ryan Wood’s look at the Atlanta Falcons for our opponent preview series.
In their past decade-plus as a title contender, the Green Bay Packers have had several litmus tests to show how close — or far away — they are from winning a Super Bowl.
Eli Manning’s New York Giants knocked them out of the playoffs twice. Then it was Jim Harbaugh’s San Francisco 49ers. Then it was the Legion of Boom-era Seattle Seahawks.
The current iteration has been Matt Ryan's and Julio Jones’ Atlanta Falcons.
In a decade marked by devastating playoff losses, none were more lopsided than the 2016 NFC championship game. But the 44-21 loss that closed the Georgia Dome — it was 31-0 early in the third quarter — was only part of a larger trend. The Falcons have won three straight matchups since the middle of the 2016 season, exposing a startling lack of speed on the Packers' roster.
The Packers have focused extensively on adding team speed in their past two drafts. They’ll see whether their efforts have helped when the Falcons come to Lambeau Field on Dec. 9. Even in a cold-weather environment, the Falcons remain one of the faster teams in the NFL.
I chatted with readers about all things Packers via Facebook Live yesterday afternoon:
Aaron Rodgers will be paired with Tony Romo at the American Century Championship:
Elsewhere, Chris Peterson thinks the Packers should take a look at a veteran pass rusher:
NFL Media looks at a newcomer to watch on each NFC North team:
Jerry Kramer tried on his Hall of Fame jacket:
Zach Kruse writes on the effect Marcedes Lewis could have on the play-action game:
Cowherd predicts the North:
Lombardi Ave. has three predictions:
Locked On Packers looks at the Packers run defense:
Cliff Christl speaks with former Packers coach and scout Burt Gustafson, who worked for Dan Devine, Bart Starr, Forrest Gregg and Lindy Infante:
The Packers preseason game in Oakland will be televised nationally by NFL Network:
Can Aaron Rodgers be the GOAT with only one Super Bowl win on his resume?