Packers Morning Buzz: Slow starts undermining offense

Stu Courtney
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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) is sacked by Detroit Lions defensive end Romeo Okwara during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018, in Detroit.

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

We'll start with Pete Dougherty's take on where this 2-2-1 Green Bay team stands after a 31-23 loss Sunday at Detroit.

Pete writes:

Watching the Packers through one-third of the 2018 season, you don’t get the feel of a dangerous team in the making. Take that for what it’s worth. NFL playoff history is littered with teams that advanced to or even won Super Bowls with .500 records far later in the season than this.

But you have to wonder where it’s going to come from for these Packers. As has been the case going back to 2011, the offense has to carry this team. It has to get ahead early and keep the foot on the gas to cover up the chronic defensive shortcomings, starting with the lack of a pass rush.

But three times in five weeks now — Chicago and Washington were the others — Rodgers and McCarthy have put in abysmal first halves. Rodgers’ injured left knee hasn’t helped matters, but that’s not the only issue, and neither was Sunday’s absence of receivers Randall Cobb (hamstring) and Geronimo Allison (concussion).

“I’ve got to play better from the start,” Rodgers said. “And I expect to, and I will and we’ve got to give our defense, you know, some more help.”

Be sure to read the entire column here:

Tom Silverstein looks at how little impact the Packers' few difference-makers had on a game that got out of hand early:

Pete and Tom wonder whether the Packers have the talent to make something out of this season:

A career-worst day left Packers veteran kicker Mason Crosby grasping for an explanation:

A class act, Crosby faced the music and answered reporters' questions in the postgame locker room:

Even some Lions players felt sympathy for Crosby:

The Packers' rookie wide receivers flashed some big-play potential but made plenty of mistakes that need correcting:

The Packers' offensive line did a respectable job, but special teams were awful:

No matter how much depth the Packers have at cornerback, it never seems to be enough:

The Packers' defense did a decent job considering the predicaments in which it was placed:

There was no shortage of culprits Sunday, but whom did fans blame most?

The Power Sweep notes that Aaron Rodgers' fumbling issues aren't new:

Packers receiver Randall Cobb hopes to play next Monday against the 49ers:

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network talked to Packers president/CEO Mark Murphy about the McCarthy-Rodgers relationship:

The Browns and Packers now have identical 2-2-1 records:



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