Morning Buzz: Kings of the North once more
Welcome to your Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers after their NFC North clinching win over the Detroit Lions, from around the web and here at PackersNews.com. Grab a strong cup of coffee and get caught up on everything you need to know about the Packers.
Bob McGinn starts us off with some astonishing historical perspective following the Packers big win.
Japan’s sneak attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 was one week from happening the last time the Green Bay Packers closed a regular season with as many as six straight victories.
Seventy-five years after those Packers of the Don Hutson, leather-helmet era reeled off nine in a row to finish 10-1, their modern-day successors will take a six-game winning streak into the NFC playoffs.
Michael Cohen’s Insider post is filled with great analysis and observations from last night’s game.
Aaron Rodgers’ dominance was on display once again last night. Ryan Wood looks at the quarterback’s play and how he delivered on his premonition that this team could “run the table.”
By the end of last night’s game, the Packers secondary was in complete shambles. Tom Silverstein looks at how defensive coordinator Dom Capers kept things together with a patchwork unit.
Pete Dougherty takes an early look at Sunday’s matchup with the New York Giants.
So the Green Bay Packers’ nemesis will come to Lambeau Field to open the playoffs.
This will be mostly a different New York Giants team than the ones that raided Lambeau in the 2007 and ’11 playoffs and upset Mike McCarthy’s teams. For starters, former McCarthy assistant Ben McAdoo, not Tom Coughlin, is the Giants’ coach.
But these Giants have many of the same qualities that those Giants teams had, and that has to be a concern for the Packers. They have several of the ingredients that history shows it takes to beat McCarthy and quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Speaking of the game against the Giants, the Packers opened as -6.5 favorites over the G-Men, but the line has already moved. Green Bay is still favored, however.
I chatted with readers over on Facebook after the game. You can catch a replay below:
Elsewhere, Tom Oates opines on Mike McCarthy’s assertion last week that the Packers’ season is just getting started.
Aaron Rodgers finished the season leading the league in touchdown passes:
All those TDs put Rodgers in some pretty rare company:
The Packers quarterback spoke with Peter King about running the table:
Packers tight end Jared Cook is going somewhere he’s never been: The playoffs.
ESPN’s Rob Demovsky writes on the Packers peaking at the right time:
The folks at Good Morning Football don’t like the opening round matchup for the Packers:
A few Packers players were happy to crow a bit last night after running the table became a reality:
The Giants appear ready for Sunday’s showdown: