Morning Buzz: Packers perplexed

Aaron Nagler
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Welcome to your postgame 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 brew some tea, if that’s your thing) and get caught up on everything you need to know about the Packers.

Washington Redskins running back Rob Kelley (32) bulls his way through Green Bay Packers strong safety Morgan Burnett (42) on a 10-yard touchdown run during the second quarter of their game Sunday, November 20, 2016 at Fedex Field in Landover, Md.

It’s a rough morning in Packer land. Best place to start is this sobering read from Bob McGinn recapping the team’s brutal loss in Washington.

Bob lays it out in stark terms:

The Packers dropped to 4-6 with their fifth defeat in the last six games. They’re two games behind Detroit and Minnesota in the NFC North and in a four-way tie for 11th place in the NFC.

Of the 16 teams in the conference, the Packers find themselves ahead of only Chicago (2-8) and San Francisco (1-9). Yes, their situation is that bad.

Pete Dougherty puts his focus on a defense that simply can’t match up with the talent across the line from them week in and week out.

The cover of the Green Bay Press-Gazette this morning pretty much captures the essence of this team at this particular moment.

Nobody on this team is used to dealing with a desolate stretch like this. Tom Silverstein makes an excellent point here.

Many of the Packers said the same thing they’ve been saying after each of their four consecutive losses, which is that they will put this one behind and focus on the next one. But most of them have not experienced a collapse like this and there isn’t a cadre of veterans to show them how to fight through the losses.

Even the veterans don’t really know what it’s like. The Packers have had so much success over the Mike McCarthy era that they had trouble identifying the reasons they’re playing so poorly.

It wasn’t all doom and gloom last night, as Michael Cohen chronicles the boost the offense was given by James Starks and especially Jared Cook.

There are lots of questions on defense and, as Ryan Wood writes, nobody in the locker room has any answers.

I chatted with distraught Packers fans after the game in the bowels of FedEx Field.

Elsewhere, Rob Demovsky writes that it’s time to come to terms with the fact that the Packers aren’t what they used to be.

Mike Florio seems to think that if the Packers had an owner, heads would be rolling.

The Packers didn’t have much success going against Josh Norman last night.

It’s been a while since this team suffered four straight losses.

Even Rodgers putting up big numbers couldn’t save the team Sunday night.

Yes, if you’re wondering, this defense is historically bad.

And finally, you will find no better visual representation of the state of the Packers than the video below.

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