Morning Buzz: Packers' season at crossroads

Aaron Nagler
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Welcome to your game day Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers from around the web and here at Grab a cup of coffee (or something stronger, if you’re tailgating already) and get caught up on everything you need to know about the Packers.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) is congratulated by Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) after Sunday's NFC wild-card round playoff game at FedEx Field in Landover, MD. The Packers defeated the Redskins 35-18.

As always on game days, the best place to start is with Bob McGinn’s game preview.

Writes McGinn:

Ten months ago the Packers beat the Redskins by 17 points on the same field. Great coaches, great quarterbacks and great organizations come together to win games just like this. With a victory, the entire outlook for their season and playoff chances would change. No reason they can’t win.

The Packers made some roster moves Saturday in advance of tonight’s game.

Tom Silverstein writes on the moves here.

Tom also looks at the paltry contributions from this year’s rookie class in the big-play department.

Pete Dougherty has an excellent column this morning on the issue of Clay Matthews.

From Pete:

The Green Bay Packers have a Clay Matthews problem.

Matthews is their best pass rusher and indispensable to winning.

But he's also an older player and a pulled hamstring waiting to happen. So as things are, the Packers are prisoners of his precarious leg.

Be sure to read the whole thing.

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

Predictions for Green Bay-Washington

It certainly sounds like we’ll see the return of Jared Cook on the field tonight.

The Packers will see a familiar face on the opposite sideline tonight.

Thought this was an interesting tidbit, from earlier in the week.

ESPN’s Rob Demovsky wrote about the fantasy paradox that are most of the Packers' skill position players.

Packers fans are trying to believe.

This is just an incredible story about Joe Thomas’ father.

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