Packers Morning Buzz: Tough catches, tough day for Davante Adams

Stu Courtney
Green Bay Press-Gazette
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Minnesota Vikings defensive back Xavier Rhodes (29) breaks up a pass intended for Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams (17) in the fourth quarter at Lambeau Field on Sunday, September 16, 2018 in Green Bay, Wis.

Welcome to your Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers from around the web and here at

The Packers (1-0-1) will hit the road for the first time this season when they play at noon Sunday at Washington.

We'll start with Pete Dougherty and Eric Baranczyk's analysis of what we learned about the Packers during Sunday's 29-29 tie with Minnesota.

Pete and Eric write:

To win big games in the NFL, you need your best players to make plays, and Sunday, the Packers’ best receiver had a chance for two tough touchdown catches in the final two minutes, either of which would have sealed the game, and both times he failed to come up with the ball.

On the first, Aaron Rodgers made a good throw moving to his right that Davante Adams had in his hands but linebacker Eric Kendricks stripped out as they went to the ground. On the second, Rodgers made a good back-shoulder throw that bounced off Adams’ forearms after he’d been hand fighting with cornerback Xavier Rhodes. Rhodes’ coverage was tight, but he never touched the ball.

Neither was an easy catch for Adams, but they were the kind teams need from their best receiver to win a game against what figures to be one of the NFC’s top Super Bowl contenders.

Be sure to read the entire analysis here:

Pete and Eric also handed out position-by-position grades:

The NFL reportedly will turn the clip of Clay Matthews' hit on Kirk Cousins into a training video:

Popular opinion seems to be on Matthews' side (even from former Bears executives):

Ryan Wood looks at what we can expect going forward from a surprisingly mobile Aaron Rodgers:

The Packers' pass defense struggled after cornerback Kevin King went out:

Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins to Peter King of NBC, regarding the controversial Clay Matthews penalty: "I’m sure it was probably a generous call, and two or three years ago, it probably doesn’t get flagged." More from King here:

ESPN's Mike Golic was less than pleased with the penalty:

So what was the deal the last time the Packers and Vikings tied at Lambeau Field?

Packers safety Josh Jones says he's ready to return from his ankle injury:

There are pockets of Packers fans everywhere, writes Rich Ryman:

The guys at The MMQB wonder if it's time to worry about the Packers' defense:

Tom Oates examines the Packers' late-game defensive fade for the Wisconsin State Journal:

The Power Sweep looks at how one play could change the narrative of an entire season:

Acme Packing Co. looks at the Packers' problems on third-and-short:

To borrow from Tom Silverstein's regular segment in our Packers Podcast: "Say what?":

There was a severe water shortage for fans on a day of near-record heat at Lambeau Field:

Not all of Sunday's action at Lambeau Field occurred on the playing surface:

Fishing and football: Fans find a unique way to watch Packers-Vikings game:

A look ahead to weekend activities for when the Buffalo Bills visit Green Bay in two weeks:


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