Morning Buzz: Packers avoid unwelcome opener

Aaron Nagler
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Welcome to your Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers and the NFL 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.

Green Bay Packers strong safety Morgan Burnett stops Atlanta Falcons running back Tevin Coleman on third down.

While the Super Bowl didn’t really affect the Packers in any direct way, one fallout from the Atlanta Falcons blowing a 25-point lead is that the Packers have avoided a 2017 opening-night date in Atlanta.

From Ryan Wood:

The Packers will travel to the Atlanta Falcons at some point this fall. Although the 2017 schedule isn’t released until April, the Super Bowl champion annually hosts next season’s first game on a Thursday night.

A Packers trip to Atlanta to kick off the NFL season would have been a rematch of the NFC championship game, fitting for such a stage.

Alas, the Patriots made their epic comeback from a 28-3 deficit to win in overtime, 34-28. The first overtime game in the Super Bowl’s 51-year history means the Packers likely will open their season somewhere other than in Atlanta. The Falcons have a trip to New England on their schedule in 2017, which could become the league's opener.

Our Pete Dougherty, a Hall of Fame voter, gives a behind-the-scenes look at the arduous task of debating Terrell Owens’ bonafides.

From Pete:

The former star wide receiver was the most polarizing candidate in last weekend’s Hall vote, and the most controversial snub. In his second year of eligibility, he again didn’t get in, and judging by the response on Twitter, there’s plenty of bewilderment and outrage out there.

I’m one of the 48 voters who sat through the nearly nine-hour selection meeting in Houston on Saturday, and for the second straight year was fascinated by the spirited discussion on Owens.

Be sure to read the whole thing.

Do you have questions about the Packers? Of course you do, so be sure to check out Bob McGinn’s chat Wedensday at noon.

Elsewhere, the New York Jets claimed former Packers defensive lineman Mike Pennel off waivers Monday.

Monday marked the six-year anniversary of the Packers’ last Super Bowl championship:

ESPN’s Rob Demovsky writes on Jordy Nelson and how there are no signs of the veteran wide receiver slowing down:

Bill Huber is doing great stuff over at Packer Report, including his position-by-position podcasts:

The mock drafts have begun:

All the open general manager and head-coaching positions around the NFL officially have been filled with the 49ers announcing the hiring of Kyle Shanahan as their coach.

Andrew Brandt takes a look at the issues surrounding the Raiders and their attempt to move to Vegas:

Pro Football Focus is already making picks for the next Super Bowl:

After Sunday’s thriller, Tom Brady owns an incredible number of Super Bowl records:

The draft discussion will only intensify as we get ready for the NFL Scouting Combine in a few weeks. Matt Miller does a great job of keeping you up to date on all the prospects:

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