Morning Buzz: Packers get back to work
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The Packers will be back at work today, with their first practice of the week. Be sure to check back throughout the day for all the latest, but for now you can start with Eric Baranczyk and Pete Dougherty’s film study from the Wild Card game.
Defensive coordinator Dom Capers did it more with scheme than personnel Sunday in the Packers’ 38-13 win over the New York Giants. But the performances of Damarious Randall, LaDarius Gunter and Micah Hyde were good enough, and that bodes well for the divisional round next week because the Packers will be facing a rookie starting quarterback who could be vulnerable to Capers’ maneuverings.
With the year-long issues the Packers have had at cornerback — Sam Shields' season-ending concussion and the injuries and wildly uneven play of Randall and Quinten Rollins — Capers at least has one big thing going for him in the secondary: his safeties, Morgan Burnett and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.
Their smarts and athleticism allow Capers to disguise coverages, as they regularly did against the Giants, that help protect the cornerbacks. We can expect to see more of that this week against Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott.
Bob McGinn has all the latest on this week’s opponent in his latest Dallas Cowboys scouting report.
The Packers will encounter a deeper and probably stronger secondary than three months ago.
In that game, left cornerback Morris Claiborne departed after 25 snaps because of a concussion. Orlando Scandrick, the veteran nickel back, returned the week after the Green Bay game following a four-week absence due to injured hamstrings and is rounding into peak form.
Claiborne’s return is a bit iffy. His first practice was Friday after missing Games 8-16 with a pelvis injury.
If Claiborne is available, he could start ahead of Anthony Brown, who has enjoyed a solid rookie season, spell him or play in a four-cornerback alignment against the Packers’ spread formations. Veteran Brandon Carr is effective on the right side.
Michael Cohen takes a look at the play of Jeff Janis against the Giants and what he rightfully calls “arguably his most influential performance of the season.”
Michael also reported on an off-field development for Packers wide receiver Geronimo Allison:
Damarious Randall has had a turbulent season, to say the least. Ryan Wood writes on Randall’s solid outing against the Giants.
I chatted with readers about all things Packers at the end of a very long travel day:
I also wrote up three storylines to watch heading into Sunday’s game:
Don’t miss the latest videos from Tom Silverstein and LeRoy Butler:
Elsewhere, NFL Films caught Ha Ha Clinton Dix’ reaction to Aaron Rodgers’ latest Hail Mary:
Bleacher Report’s Jason Cole has chimed in on the Packers’ front office:
Jeff Dooley makes the case for a Packers upset of the Cowboys:
The Cowboys are preparing to deal with Aaron Rodgers’ tendency of calling on divine intervention:
Dallas is getting a bunch of players back from injury after their well-earned bye week, including cornerback Mo Claiborne:
Jerry Jones talked about Sunday’s matchup on his radio show:
The Packers are focused on the fact that they are a much better team now than they were in October:
Mike McCarthy has entered rare air as a Packers coach:
Rob Demovsky writes on the Packers run defense getting a shot at “redemption”
Aaron Rodgers appeared on the Rich Eisen Show yesterday:
Rodgers also appeared on the Dan Patrick Show:
Tom Pelissero of USA Today likes the Packers in an upset: