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Welcome to your Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers from around the web and here at PackersNews.com. Grab a cup of coffee (or brew some tea) and get caught up on everything you need to know about the Packers.

We’ll start today with Bob McGinn’s Rating the Packers from the Vikings game.

From Bob:

It took the Green Bay Packers three months to draw even with the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC North standings. The Vikings’ 17-14 victory in Game 2 set the tone for the divisional race.

Finally, on Saturday afternoon at Lambeau Field, the Packers were able to eliminate their border rival from playoff contention.

“We fought,” Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said Monday. “Watching the tape … I was curious if we would play hard. I thought we did that. Obviously, we didn’t play good enough to win.”

Pete Dougherty’s Four Downs highlights the job Mason Crosby did keeping the ball away from Cordarrelle Patterson and the Vikings’ dangerous kickoff return game.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy has an extra day to prepare for the Detroit Lions due to the Vikings game being played on a Saturday. Tom Silverstein outlines what McCarthy plans to do with that extra time.

That extra time has been noted by former Packers executive Andrew Brandt:

While the “soft zones” the Packers have employed at times late in games can be frustrating to watch, Ryan Wood writes about their necessity for a secondary prone to giving up big plays.

Tom and Ryan have the latest from Lambeau Field, including the status of Randall Cobb:

Lane Taylor joined Ty Montgomery on Clubhouse Live last night.

Elsewhere, ACME Packing Company takes a look at snap counts from the Vikings game:

What happens if the Packers and Lions tie on Sunday night? They’re both in the playoffs:

Speaking of the playoffs, Ryan has the latest:

Rob Demovsky writes on rookie wide receiver Geronimo Allison:

The Lions already have turned the page after their loss to the Cowboys on Monday Night Football:


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