Morning Buzz: Can Packers handle Julio?
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The best way for any Packers fan to start their day is by reading Pete Dougherty’s column on Aaron Rodgers. Pete went back and watched tape from 2011 and compared it to tape from this season. It’s a great idea and Pete’s takeaway is very telling.
Maybe the biggest thing that jumped out is that Greg Jennings clearly was Rodgers’ favorite target and a player he generally had no qualms throwing to even when the receiver was in traffic or fairly well covered. I didn’t look at the stats going in, but it was no surprise to find out afterward that Jennings caught seven passes for 147 yards.
That plays into a second point. It wasn’t like the difference was night and day, but Rodgers played with a quick throwing rhythm more than he has for most of the last year.
Be sure to read the whole thing. It’s pretty fascinating.
Meanwhile, Ryan Wood writes that the Packers will be counting on the power of prayer to help stop Julio Jones. Hey, every little bit helps.
In more practical matters, Michael Cohen takes a look at how the Falcons and Packers went about rebuilding secondaries that each had become problem areas for their respective teams.
I talked to Justin Felder of FOX 5 in Atlanta on my podcast to preview Sunday’s matchup.
Aaron Rodgers spoke with the media Wednesday and talked about the importance of getting into a rhythm on offense.
Tom Silverstein and Ryan Wood spent Wednesday afternoon in the Packers locker room and talked to players about how they plan on trying to stop Jones.
Tom also wrote in his Notebook how Rodgers pushed back on the story presented in "Gunslinger" regarding his first-ever meeting with Brett Favre.
Speaking of Favre, the crew at "Good Morning Football" thinks he holds one of the rare NFL records that might never be broken.
The Falcons’ official website sure remembers how Julio Jones torched the Packers last time around.
Mark Murphy gave a talk on leadership Monday for Northeast Wisconsin Technical College:
The Falcons are getting ready to face Rodgers, and they don’t see a struggling quarterback.