Each week, Press-Gazette Media will look at national stories involving the Green Bay Packers as well as stories about their opponents this season:
Packers: If you had to win one game, tonight, which quarterback would you choose: Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady? Greg Bedard of SI.com posed that question to three NFL general managers, and here’s why two of them went with Brady (scroll down midway through column).
Packers: More Rodgers vs. Brady: John Breech of CBSSports.com writes that according to Bovada, Rodgers remains the betting favorite (at 1-1) to win the NFL most valuable player award. Brady (2-1) is second. Breech also writes that if Rodgers wins, he should share the award with James Jones because of what the veteran wide receiver has provided so far this season.
Rams: Aaron Donald got an early start toward evolving into the NFL’s best defensive tackle, writes Elizabeth Merrill of ESPN.com, who likens the baby-faced Donald to Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors.
Chargers: Coach Mike McCoy, a superstitious sort, didn’t watch Sunday as Josh Lambo kicked a last-second field goal to beat the Browns, writes Tom Krasovic of the San Diego Union-Tribune. Moments earlier, McCoy had watched as Lambo missed a field-goal attempt, and when a Browns penalty gave the kicker another chance, McCoy decided to look at the ground in hopes of changing Lambo's luck.
Broncos: Quarterback Peyton Manning is a fainting goat, writes Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post, because he has perfected the art of falling down and taking a self-sack rather than take a pounding from pass rushers. “Sometimes … you have to kind of take your medicine and live to play the next down,” Manning said.
Panthers: Although the Panthers are in elite company sitting at 4-0 with the likes of the Packers and Patriots, Tom Sorensen of the Charlotte Observer writes that Carolina’s opponents so far are a combined 4-12. “Don’t take this the wrong way,” said NBC-TV analyst Rodney Harrison, “but they have an easy schedule." The Packers will play at Carolina on Nov. 8.
Lions: Coach Jim Caldwell declined to blame the officials or the NFL for Detroit's controversial loss Monday night in Seattle, writes Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. “I think fans … are more interested in us winning than any great pronouncement of some sort,” said Caldwell, adding that he was done talking about the Seahawks’ illegally batting the ball out of bounds on the game’s decisive play.
Vikings: Tight end Kyle Rudolph won’t do much to help your fantasy football team, but Mark Craig of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune writes that Rudolph’s blocking ability – both on passing plays and paving the way for Adrian Peterson -- is filling a key role in the Vikings’ offense.
Cowboys: Coach Jason Garrett said he spoke to Greg Hardy about comments the defensive end made this week when he joined the team after serving an NFL suspension, writes David Moore of the Dallas Morning News. Speaking of Hardy's creating controversy by discussing the wives of NFL quarterbacks, Garrett said, “That’s not how we want to operate as an organization.”
Cardinals: Coach Bruce Arians will be cheering for the Cubs in the National League playoffs after developing a friendship with manager Joe Maddon, writes Dan Bickley of the Arizona Republic. “I think we’re a lot alike,” Arians said. “We both enjoy a beverage and a great story.”