Packers Morning Buzz: Mission Impossible for Bryan Bulaga?
Welcome to your Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers from around the web and here at PackersNews.com.
The Packers practiced indoors on a rainy Wednesday in preparation for their regular-season opener Sunday night against the Chicago Bears.
We'll start with Tom Silverstein's look at how the Packers will be banking on their investment in their offensive line to keep new Bears pass rusher Khalil Mack at bay Sunday night. It will be a particularly rough assignment for right tackle Bryan Bulaga in his first game back from ACL surgery.
For rivalry's sake, let’s start with Bears defensive end Akiem Hicks’ take on the matchup between Mack and basically anybody who tries to block him. In a conference call with state reporters, Hicks, who led the Bears with 8 ½ sacks last year, basically called it a one-round fight.
“I know those five guys can’t block Khalil Mack,” Hicks said.
It so happened that Mack was sitting a few feet away from Hicks in the training room, so his bravado might have been a bit tongue-in-cheek.
But he didn’t stop there.
“You know, I really feel like this: They have to put their offensive line together however they do it and put their best product out on the field, but I don’t think their best product can block Khalil Mack,” he said.
And, speaking about right tackle Bryan Bulaga having to block Mack while coming back from a torn ACL, he added, “Well, I think it affects guys when they come back from an injury, especially older guys like Bulaga. But I don’t think he had a chance to block Khalil Mack in the first place.”
Be sure to read Tom's entire column here:
The Bears simply can't contain their excitement over landing Mack:
Randall Cobb and other Packers players couldn't hide their disappointment over losing Mack to the Bears:
Ryan Wood and Jim Owczarski discussed the latest on Mack and the Packers' outlook at inside linebacker:
The Packers are playing catch-up at inside linebacker after bringing in some new faces because of injuries, writes Owczarski:
Here's what you need to know about the Bears, via Owczarski:
Aaron Rodgers shows some comedic chops in this IZOD commercial:
Packers fan Steve Miller was honored to be invited to perform a concert at Lambeau Field the evening before the season opener:
Packers games aren't ideal for everyone, writes Rich Ryman:
Elsewhere, Robert Klemko of MMQB looks at what Raiders coach Jon Gruden really thought about Mack:
ESPN's Rob Demovsky looks at the 87 players who wore the uniforms of both the Packers and the Bears during their careers:
Packers cornerback Josh Jackson fared well in the Pro Football Focus rookie rankings:
And we'll conclude with a look at where the Packers stand in the MMQB's first weekly Power Rankings Poll: