Morning Buzz: Good Luck awaits Packers

Aaron Nagler
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Welcome to your game-day Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers and Sunday’s showdown with the Indianapolis Colts from around the web and here at Grab a cup of coffee (or brew some tea, if that’s your thing) and get caught up on everything you need to know about the Packers.

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) in the first half of their game against the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday, October 30, 2016, afternoon at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Bob McGinn starts us off by writing that the Packers must be held to a higher standard. This franchise, which was in such sad shape when McGinn started covering them, has become a perennial contender. Bob tells us what that means when it comes to his evaluation of the team. It’s a sobering reminder of the pressures to win championships in the NFL’s smallest market on an annual basis.

Bob also has your game preview right here. Everything you need to know about heading into this afternoon’s game.

The Packers made the move everyone expected them to Saturday to get their starting center on the field.

Tom Silverstein also examines the fragmented state of the Packers’ offensive backfield and their patchwork running game.

As Tom writes:

Not only do the Colts not really know who will be the primary carrier, the Packers probably don’t, either. The only sure thing is that neither Lacy nor Starks will be carrying it at all.

“We go into each and every game with a formula and a game plan as far as how the ball will be distributed,” offensive coordinator Edgar Bennett said. “Coach (Mike) McCarthy has done that since Day 1.

“But it also comes down to guys making the most of those opportunities, everyone being on the same page and going out and executing. That obviously plays an important part of it as well.”

In other words, the Packers will go into the game with a notion how they’ll use a combination of Ty Montgomery, Don Jackson, Aaron Ripkowski and maybe even Randall Cobb and Davante Adams.

But everything is subject to change.

Be sure to read the whole thing.

Pete Dougherty takes a look at the play of Andrew Luck and how, despite being surrounded by a pretty poor team, he is still a talented and dangerous foe.

Packers safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix hasn’t generated many big plays this season, but his play has been solid overall. Ryan Wood has the goods on what’s holding him back from making the splash plays that were expected heading into his third year.

With a late-afternoon start, you have plenty of time to listen to the latest podcast from Bob McGinn and Michael Cohen prior to kickoff.

You can find our predictions for the game in the video below:

Elsewhere, Jason Wilde writes about Aaron Rodgers’ return to form:

The Colts will have one of Andrew Luck’s weapons available for the game:

Here’s a quick overview of the history between the Packers and the Colts:

Packers president and CEO Mark Murphy answered fan questions Saturday:

The injury report for this game is approaching War and Peace-like length:

The Packers’ running backs have still not reached the end zone in 2016:

Donald Trump apparently thought twice about holding a rally in Wisconsin just before a Packers game:

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